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Dr. (Mrs) Marie Louise Correa of Senegal has made history in the World Organisation of World Scouting.
She is the first woman in the Scout Movement¹s 95-year history to head the world wide organisation of 28 million boys and girls. She has served on the World Scout Committee for three years, and was previously the first woman to chair the Africa Scout Committee.
Dr. Correa is a medical doctor, and former Minister for Research and later Minister of Labour in Senegal.
Giving her first speech from the Chair, Dr. Correa said that the symbolic force of being the first woman to chair the World Scout Committee was a sign that World Scouting is opening up in two key aspects: that of promoting equality and sharing of responsibilities between men and women, and opening up with regard to geographic, cultural and ethnic representation. Dr. Correa was speaking at the just concluded 36th World Scout Conference held in Greece.
She promised the electorate that during her three year term, she would not only dispense her duties with commitment, within the constitution of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, but that she would also walk the extra mile on the moral path, to 'reinforce the unity and harmony of the Movement, especially the fraternal links among all its members, with the frankness, honesty and humility which characterise the Scout spirit.'
She called for co-operation, among all and sundry and offered to do her best in a spirit of service, 'striving at all times to think of others, as our promise teaches us, and bearing in mind that our only common raison d'etre is the young people for whom Baden-Powell created Scouting.'
Dr. Correa took over the chairmanship of the Africa Scout Committee from Mr. Garnet de la Hunt of South Africa whose term came to an end during the Conference in Greece. The conference was reported as the largest ever world Scout conference. 1,225 participants attended it. Delegates from 126 out of 154 member countries attended, and all 147 countries with voting rights were represented. From Africa Scout Region 23 member countries were at the conference.
Three countries became members of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement
(WOSM) during the 36th World Conference from the Africa Scout Region. Cape Verde
and Ethiopia were recognised as members while Seychelles
was recognised as an accredited member.
The Conference voted Mozambique to host the 13th World Scout Moot in 2008.
Three countries had bid to host the moot; Iceland, Portugal and Mozambique. The moot is scheduled for 4th to 13th July 2008, at Catembe campsite near Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique.
Thirty million African youth
A network of 30 million African youths, members of the Alliance of the world's seven biggest youth organisations, will work together to counter the HIV/AIDS pandemic on the continent. The Alliance announced recently at the end of a one week meeting in Nairobi. The Alliance comprises of the seven world's largest youth service organisations; World Alliance of YMCAs (www.ymca.int), World Organisation of YWCAs (www.worldywca.org), World Organisation of the Scout Movement (www.scout.org), World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (www.wagggsworld.org), The International Award Association (www.intaward.org), International Youth Foundation (www.iyfnet.org), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (www.ifrc.org).
The meeting brought together senior leaders from each of the seven organisations' offices in Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda who, together decided on six strategic lines and assorted plans of action targeting youth aged between 10 and 25 years. The strategic axes are:
HIV/AIDS is taking its heaviest toll in Africa. Out of the 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS in 2001, 28.1 million (or 70%) lived in Sub Saharan Africa. Of the 5 million people newly infected with HIV/AIDS during 2001, 3.4 million (or 68%) were Sub Saharan Africans. During the same year, 3 million people died from AIDS; 2.3 million of them (or 77%) were again Sub Saharan Africans.
"I trust this initiative will succeed because it is owned by, rooted in, and led by Africans themselves", says Kinuthia Murugu, Regional Director of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. The Alliance of youth has been in dialogue over issues related to young people and global advocacy for the past six years.
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