2020 Real Estate Trends with Bryan Nazor

CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY, USA, December 13, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — 2019 is just about over, and 2020 is right around the corner. Bryan Nazor, real estate expert, sat down with us to discuss current and upcoming trends in the housing market. By looking back on the last year of the decade, Bryan Nazor helps us acknowledge patterns and trends in the U.S. housing market that will help us make educated predictions about the new year.

Modernize your home-selling strategy

Starting with the obvious, Bryan Nazor speaks to the trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere: “Homebuyers are using the internet, that’s just how it is. If your listing isn’t totally up to date with high-quality photos and as much information as you can possibly add, you’re at a severe disadvantage. Consider taking a high-quality video tour of the house to post on your listing.” In fact, over 80% of the millennial generation used their mobile devices to find a home in 2019, so you’ll want to ensure your listing is optimized for mobile if you want to be on top of your selling game.

Speaking of millennials, at 37%, they were the largest group of homebuyers in 2019. Keeping that in mind, it would be wise to attempt to cater to their specific wants and needs when advertising your home for sale.

According to a report by Housing Economics, over 80% of millennials seeking to purchase a home are looking for a patio, garage storage, and/or hardwood front exterior. The number one amenity millennials say they want is a built-in laundry room, at 86% of those surveyed.

The price of homes is still rising overall—but slower

Bryan Nazor informs us that while it’s true the overall price of homes is still on the incline, that growth continues to slow down as it did last year. “In 2019”, Bryan Nazor tells us, “we saw a 3.3 percent increase in the price of homes across the market. In 2018, that growth was at 5 percent, so we’ve already been seeing that growth slow down for a couple of years now.”

Indeed, experts predict that when it comes to the rising cost of homes, we can expect no more than a 2.8% increase in 2020. Growth is still growth, however, and Bryan Nazor tells us that home sellers can expect to make a tidy profit on the market in 2020 if they play their cards right.

Mortgage Interest Rates are lowering

While the prices of homes are still on the rise, mortgage interest rates are on the decline. Bryan Nazor explains: “Mortgage interest rates are hard to predict with any certainty too far in the future, even for the experts. However, what we saw last year could be a very promising trend moving into 2020.”

Mortgage interest rates have been lowering overall over the course of 2019, with a large number of common types of loans seeing rates below 4%. Bryan Nazor predicts that this trend will continue into the new year, with mortgage interest rates hovering between 3 and 4 percent for common loans.

This is great news for the market, Bryan Nazor tells us, because it will help encourage more buyers to take the leap into committing to a home.

Looking forward to 2020

Overall, 2020 is shaping up to be another exciting year for the housing market, if current trends continue. Whether you’re buying or selling, this might be the perfect time to dive into the market.

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Handed Down Gives Families a Fun Way to Preserve Special Recipes

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With Handed Down, your prized family recipes are never out of arm’s reach.

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Handed Down preserves family recipes digitally – and even lets chefs record techniques passed down thru the generations!

Share treasured recipes with family and friends with the new Handed Down App

Our goal with Handed Down is to give families a way to share those
special moments in the kitchen and at the table with their loved ones, and, if they want to, with
the world.”

— Tera Schifferer, Handed Down Founder & CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, USA, December 13, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Your Grandma’s signature lasagna, your Uncle’s sizzling
six beer chili, or your Dad’s famous steamed crab? There are certain recipes that you want to
make sure you have tucked away somewhere safe, so those flavors that remind you of home
aren’t lost forever. And while cloud backup has become the norm for important work
documents and family photos, those cherished family recipes are still more often or not written
down on stained paper in a drawer in the kitchen.

Now, there’s Handed Down. Handed Down is available on the App Store and the Play Store. The
app (designed by Integral App Studio) is a fun way for families to get together and share their
secret sauces, delicious dishes and fan favorites in a way that preserves them for generations to
come, yet keeps them just a swipe away when needed. With Handed Down, users can leave a
food legacy for their families, using text, images and even video to show future generations
how to get the color on that roux JUST right.

“Making good food is an important way to pass down shared experiences,” says Handed Down
CEO Tera Schifferer. “Our goal with Handed Down is to give families a way to share those
special moments in the kitchen and at the table with their loved ones, and, if they want to, with
the world.”

Handed Down also has features to help inspire chefs/cooks/bakers to branch out, whether it’s
in their own family or with complete strangers. Each recipe is securely stored to make sure that
it doesn't get lost within the shuffle of life. The recipes also have privacy settings on them, so
they can be kept in the family or made public. Users can follow their favorite
chefs/cooks/bakers and receive updates whenever their chef makes a new post.

“As time goes by, family members get spread out around the globe,” says Tera Schifferer. “With
Handed Down, we can make sure that families can preserve those special moments, even when
they can’t be in the same physical space.”

Tera Schifferer is available for interviews via phone about Handed Down. To schedule an
interview, contact Tera Schifferer at handeddownllc@yahoo.com or Jay Huffman at
jay@integralappstudio.com.

About Handed Down:

Handed Down is a fun, safe way to make sure those cherished family recipes stay in the family
for generations to come. Handed Down allows chefs to leave a food legacy for their families by
recording their special recipes with text, images and even video. Users can follow their favorite
chefs, use Handed Down’s privacy settings to make sure the recipes only go where they are
supposed to go, and enjoy that kitchen table moment even if the chef is miles away. Handed
Down is available on the App Store and the Play Store. For more information, go to
www.tryHandedDown.com.

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Compassionate Commerce Expands as Online Pet Supplies Retailer, ShopForRescues.com, Goes 100% Cruelty-Free

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When you shop at ShopForRescues.com you can help save horses, dogs and cats!

A Paradigm Shift for the Pet Supplies Industry. ShopForRescues.com Switches to 100% Cruelty-Free Model & Donates 20% of Purchases to Animal Charities.

My heart breaks over and over because millions of animals deserve to hear a kind word and feel the embrace of gentle hands. Too many are needlessly killed. We can do better.”

— Eric Turk, founder ShopForRescues.com

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 13, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Shop For Rescues just may be the first 100% cruelty-free online pet supplies retailer using a socially responsible business model known as compassionate commerce.

Shop For Rescues' mission? Use the sale of its pet supplies to fund 501(c)3 non-profits involved in the rescue of dogs, cats and horses from abusive homes, overcrowded municipal shelters and kill environments.

Impressively, SFR uses up to 27.5% of its gross revenues to support animal rescue groups!

The data from the APPA (American Pet Products Association) says, in 2018, Americans spent $72 billion on our pets. For 2019, it's estimated Americans will spend $75 billion on our companion animals.

Shop For Rescues' founder, Eric Turk, says compassionate commerce is all about social responsibility! Turk hopes to encourage others in the pet supplies industry to follow his lead and, thereby, trigger a paradigm shift. His philosophy: It's not enough just to make money off of the pet industry. It is our moral obligation to give back to helpless, voiceless animals.

SFR’s singleness of purpose is to save animal lives by providing the best cruelty-free online shopping experience. Cruelty-free, as defined by Turk, means that SFR does not sell animal-based products.

Turk points out that 67% of family households in the US have a pet. He says, “just think what we could do if people paused for a moment and changed the way they spend?”

Founded in 2019, Shop For Rescues Inc. is an e-commerce solution whose mission is to save animal lives. Every animal is worthy of a stable environment, food, affection and humane care.

Do good, feel better. Shop for one, save another. Shop for rescues at shopforrescues.com.

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Mother starts petition to ban apps YOLO and Tellonym in Canada where her daughter was told to KILL HERSELF

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So let me ask our Government, why are we allowing apps that facilitate bullying, harassment, or self-harm in our country? Why are Tellonym and YOLO still available?”

— Natalie Boll

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, December 13, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — A Vancouver mom and film producer Natalie Boll has started an online petition to ban the popular anonymous apps Tellonym and YOLO after her daughter is urged to "Kill herself" and "Drink bleach" by messages on the apps.

Natalie explains that the past year had been hell for her family after her daughter was a victim of relentless bullying at her school. The bullying started in grade 7 at the Vancouver based private all-girls school Crofton House and later spread to the anonymous online apps Tellonmy and then YOLO. As a result of the bullying at the school and online her daughter overdosed at her school and since was admitted into Children's Hospital on suicide watch and self-harming

"One evening, my sister in Montreal, daughter, had seen messages on my daughter's Tellonym profile linked to her Instagram profile. The messages were telling my daughter," "KILL YOURSELF," and "DRINK BLEACH." The messages continued, and the only way to protect my daughter was taking away her phone. Over the summer, while we were abroad, my daughter started to get more messages on the YOLO app, including ones talking of gang rape. I immediately deleted the app and all the messages."

The messages came to her daughter through the apps Tellonym and later YOLO, which are both free to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. They are both anonymous apps where people can make anonymous accounts and send anonymous messages to and about others.

Much like the case made for the app Sarahah, the anonymous nature of these apps has become a breeding ground for hate, encouraging self-harm and suicide, which resulted in the Sarahah app being banned in many countries, including Canada.

A study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting this past May (2017) found that the number of children and teens admitted to children's hospitals for thoughts of suicide or self-harm has more than doubled during the last decade.

Students that are bullied are around 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying in the 13-years-olds category on a scale of 35 countries. A study also found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying. 10 to 14-year-old teen girls are most likely to commit suicide based on this study. Nearly 30% of students are either victims of bullies or bullies themselves, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because they are scared of being bullied.

"Both the App Store and Google Play have policies against bullying and harassment, and our Canadian Government spends thousands of dollars on anti-bullying campaigns and mental health for our children. So let me ask our Government, why are we allowing apps that facilitate bullying, harassment, or self-harm in our country? Why are Tellonym and YOLO still available on these platforms?"

The petition was started in the hopes it gains the traction of the similar campaign created by another mother, Katrina Collins, for a very similar case for the app Sarahah that was later dropped from both Apple and Google.

Let's not have another child die as a result of these apps! You can join the petition on Change.org here. http://chng.it/MN7mTqZLZL.

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Nancy McCarthy of McCarthy Consulting LLC to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

CALDWELL, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, December 13, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — People are the most critical asset companies possess. They are the catalyst for market leadership, product innovation, and profitable growth. These facts are indisputable and are validated time and time again by globally recognized consulting firms. The bottom line is – people are your bottom line. So, it makes good business sense for companies to put their people first. As logical as that sounds, creating a culture where employees thrive is not always intuitive or easily accomplished. That’s when a seasoned consultant can truly make a difference.

Nancy McCarthy is a top-notch Human Resources leader, management consultant, and executive coach who has broad experience creating positive work climates. Her business model is to partner with businesses who are looking to improve results and accelerate growth, and who recognize that the most effective way to reach that goal is to focus on their people.

“I partner with like-minded business leaders who invest in their talent because they realize it’s the only way to create competitive advantage,” says Nancy. “When leaders focus on development, encouragement, and purpose, they are literally lighting a path to achieve extraordinary results.”

Prior to starting her consulting firm, Nancy grew her career working in diverse industries including telecommunications, business services, and medical device products. Her most recent position was serving as Division Vice President, Human Resources within a $10b global financial services firm. Her contributions were recognized as highly influential, yet she craved the opportunity to interact with people on a more personal level.

“I left private industry to have the freedom to focus my work not on what the corporation valued, but on what I personally value, which is connecting people with their purpose.”

While her firm is named McCarthy Consulting, Nancy’s tag line is appropriately People, Passion and Purpose. Nancy’s philosophy is when people are encouraged to access their passion in the workplace, it generates greater awareness of their authentic purpose. Aligning passion with authentic purpose produces prosperity for both the organization and the individual. “I view it as a privilege to help organizations remove barriers and develop an environment where contributions are made on a much deeper level.”

“In people-centric companies, leaders inspire their teams to do their very best every day. Not because they have to; but because they want to.” Nancy says. “I wholeheartedly believe that the only way to win in a globally competitive market is to put your people first and foremost.”

Although her practice delivers HR solutions and business consulting, Nancy is ICF ACC certified and also provides leadership coaching. Her approach to coaching is very intentional, making sure there is clarity on what success looks like and how it will impact business results. Many organizations view coaching as a strategic tool for development but may not recognize the financial impact that can be realized through a successful coaching engagement.

“Based on my research and personal experience, I have found that coaching unequivocally can have a direct impact on the bottom line of a company,” Nancy says. “There are ways to measure quantitative results leveraging data such as employee retention and engagement; productivity; sales and revenue; and customer satisfaction. There are also the more qualitative results reported by the individuals which typically include higher self-confidence, less stress, and increased enjoyment of the job.”

With her consulting and coaching engagements, Nancy offers best practices tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. She believes that all organizations and individuals possess tremendous potential. Her passion is to work with clients to uncover their unique gifts and help fulfill their future promise.

CUTV News Radio will feature Nancy McCarthy in a two-part radio series with hosts Jim Masters and Doug Llewellyn, beginning on December 17th at 3 p.m. EST

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio

If you have any questions for our guest, please call (347) 996-3389

For more information on our guest please visit https://www.mccarthyconsulting.co/

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Corporate Leadership Training Market – Global Industry Growth, New Opportunities and Forecast – 2024

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WiseGuyRerports.com Presents “Global Corporate Leadership Training Market Size, Status and Forecast 2025” New Document to its Studies Database

PUNE, MAHARASTRA, INDIA, December 13, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —
This report studies the global Corporate Leadership Training market size, industry status and forecast, competition landscape and growth opportunity. This research report categorizes the global Corporate Leadership Training market by companies, region, type and end-use industry.

Corporate leadership training expands the capacity of individuals to perform in leadership roles within organizations.
Instructor-led training is beneficial when the training material is new or complex and requires face-to-face interaction. According to our industry research report, the instructor-led training segment accounted for the major shares of the corporate leadership training market.

The report is a study in the quantitative analysis of the current market trends to derive market growth estimations. The core focus of the report is to assist stakeholders in identifying the prevailing market opportunities. The results obtained in the study are based on historical and current market trends.

Other analysis methodologies used in the research include SWOT analysis for examining the Corporate Leadership Training market strength, weakness, threats, and opportunities. The other attributes of the market are also analyzed extensively keeping a variety of developments in mind, thus creating a solid hold of the market for the forecast period.

Key Players

Cegos
Dale Carnegie Training
Franklin Covey
Skillsoft
AchieveForum
American Management Association
BTS
Center for Creative Leadership
Global Knowledge
GP Strategies
Harvard Business Publishing
Linkage
The Ken Blanchard Companies
VitalSmarts
Wilson Learning

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Segmentation

The Corporate Leadership Training market is a fragmented one due to the presence of numerous competitors and constant flow of new entrants. The report analyzes the various market segments, which includes the highest performing products, sales volumes, revenue generation, and emerging product opportunities. The primary goal that forms a basis for the segmentation is to attain thorough and effective insights into the Corporate Leadership Training market.

The overall research and analysis is derived from primary and secondary researches. The primary sources include interviews, surveys, and observations of seasoned analysts, and secondary sources cover reputed paid sources, trade journals, and industry body databases.

Regional Analysis

This study covers a comprehensive analysis with regard to geographic locations. The prevailing regions are studied, and a detailed analysis of growth opportunities and emerging markets are included in the report. Determining these growth opportunities will help market players and stakeholders expand their current business geographically. The primary regions that are observed in the report include North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The report reviews prospects in these regions for the Corporate Leadership Training market outlook, latest trends, and prospects in the given forecast period of 2025.

Industry News

Key market players in the Corporate Leadership Training market are analyzed in the report, and their strategies are examined to arrive at the competitive outlook and growth potential. Inputs from industry experts as well as market leaders, are a major consideration factor for this study. Parent market trends, micro and macro economic factors, government stipulations, and consumer dynamics are included in the report.

A detailed analysis of the Corporate Leadership Training market’s competitive landscape covers supplier details, vendor information, sales channels, distributors, and revenue options.

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Table Of Content:

1 Market Overview

2 Global Market Competition by Manufacturers

3 Global Capacity, Production, Revenue (Value) by Region (2013-2018)

4 Global Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Region (2013-2018)

5 Global Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type

6 Global Market Analysis by Application

7 Global Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis

8 Manufacturing Cost Analysis

9 Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers

10 Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders

11 Market Effect Factors Analysis

12 Global Market Forecast (2018-2025)

13 Research Findings and Conclusion

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Harris Institute Achieves 90.91% Employment Rate in The Field of Study

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TORONTO, ON, CANADA, December 12, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities’ Key Performance Indicator (KPI) shows 90.91% of Harris Institute graduates are employed in their field of study.

The college’s Arts Management Program achieved a 100% Graduate Employment Rate in The Field of Study and the Audio Production Program achieved 87.5%. Forum Research, a leading market research firm, compiles the statistics six months after graduation.

In the recently released Student Loan Default Rates for all post secondary schools in Ontario, Harris Institute achieved a fifth annual 0% Default Rate. The Arts Management Program has achieved nine 0% Default Rates and the Audio Production Program has achieved seven.

‘It is unlikely any other college, university or private college in North America has achieved these performance results”, says John Harris, the college’s president. “We are thrilled and all credit goes to our remarkable faculty”.

Harris Institute ranked "best school of its kind" for a 7th consecutive year in the 2019 'Media Arts Education Report' and is the only school outside the US in Billboard's 'Top 11 Schools'. It was featured in Mix Magazine's 'Audio Education's Finest' and Billboard's 'Schools That Rock'.

The college's alumni are in leadership roles in every area of the Canadian music industry. They have established a wide range of successful companies and won or were nominated for 247 awards in the last 2 years.

One year Diploma Programs taught by award winning active industry leaders start on March 23, July 13 and November 9, 2020.

For further information:
John Harris, President, Harris Institute
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Andy Townsend Is The Coach Whose offensive line helped lead West Texas A&M To The Regional Finals

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MARSHALL, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In 2013, Andy Townsend’s work ethics, expertise, and passion for football became the driving forces behind the pursuit of his goal for that year – it paid off.

Andy Townsend football coach met expectations by helping lead the West Texas A&M Buffaloes to the regional finals.

Andy’s determination carried the team through the ups and downs of the season. His Master’s degree in coaching from Greenville University is how he knew what to do on the field.

He applied the lessons he learned during his years of education. Andy also relied on his coaching experience to guide his football team.

Townsend was an offensive line coach for the A&M team, but his love of football did not start there. Andy Townsend participated in the game of football before he ever coached it.

Andy Townsend football coach was a football player on his high school team. It was not long before he experienced his first taste of football success. In 1998, a teenage Andy Townsend became a state champion at Paul Pewitt High School.

Fast forward five years and Andy hit the field running again, this time as a college football player.

Townsend went to the Baptist private school, East Texas Baptist University. His college football team, the Tigers, won the 2003 American Southwest Conference championships, bringing Andy yet another taste of success.

The following year, Andy decided to turn his football uniform in for a coaching one.

Townsend became the video coordinator and offensive line coach at East Texas Baptist University. For Andy, this was the start of something exciting and new.

Andy Townsend football coach liked his new role and was good at it. It was this point in Andy Townsend’s life that kicked off his football coaching chapter. It is a significant part of his fourteen-year long career.

Andy Townsend football coach enjoyed coaching football so much that he continued down that path. The switch from playing football to coaching led to him bringing West Texas A&M to the regional finals.

Andy Townsend cherishes his football journey. He looks forward to gaining more experience as time goes on.

Andy’s current role has him moving in a new, but still football-related, direction.

It has been almost a year since Andy Townsend started down this new path of his football career. Today, Andy is the Assistant to the Directors of Operations at the Alliance of American Football.

Connect with Andy Townsend on LinkedIn:

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Court rules Sierra Leone government policy banning pregnant girls from attending school is a breach of human rights

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West Africa’s top court orders Sierra Leone to revoke a ban on pregnant girls in school, ruling it's a discriminatory violation of the right to equal education.

This is a great victory! Finally, the girls have had their day in court and have emerged victorious. The ECOWAS court has given them their voices back and by that a chance at life again.”

— Judy Gitau, Equality Now

ABUJA, NIGERIA, December 12, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice has found that the government of Sierra Leone breached the right of pregnant girls to education by prohibiting them from accessing school.

In a succinct and powerful judgement, the Court found that the Government had not only put in place a discriminatory policy barring pregnant girls from school but had also failed to put in place measures to reduce teenage pregnancies in line with the National Strategy for the Reduction of Teen Pregnancies, which was adopted after the civil war.

The Court found that the Government had discriminated against the girls by setting up parallel schools that were suboptimal and limited as girls would only be taught four subjects and learn just three days a week.

In a landmark decision for the West African region and Africa in general, the Court declared the ban discriminatory and ordered the Government of Sierra Leone to lift it with immediate effect.

Further, the Court ordered the Government to put in place measures including social programmes to address increased numbers of teenage pregnancies and sensitize the communities against discrimination.

WAVES, Child Welfare Society, Equality Now and Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa IHRDA filed the case against Sierra Leone’s government in May 2018.

Speaking in Abuja at the sidelines of the judgment reading, Hannah Yambasu Executive Director Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (W.A.V.E.S) said she was overjoyed. “This victory belongs to the girls in Sierra Leone who have been degraded and dehumanized because of their status since 2014. Now our government in Sierra Leone has no option but to comply with their obligations as declared by the Court.”

Judy Gitau, Africa Regional Coordinator at Equality Now, was at court as the agent of the girls, and said, “This is a great victory! Finally, the girls have had their day in court and have emerged victorious. The ECOWAS court has given them their voices back and by that a chance at life again.”

Amnesty International was Amicus Curiae in the case and was also present at the judgment reading.

The Court sought clarification since the government of Sierra Leone had initially denied the existence of a policy and claimed it was an unfortunate statement by a state minister. The Court held that the Government took what was a sporadic practice of banning pregnant girls from accessing school and entrenched it as state policy.

The Court specifically held that:

● There exists a policy which was discriminatory against pregnant schoolgirls in Sierra Leone as it barred them from attending mainstream schools. The Court held that the Government was in breach of its commitments and responsibility under both local and international law particularly Articles 2, 3, 17, 18, 25 of the African Charter; Article 21 and 28a of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Articles 1 and 3 of the Convention Against Discrimination in Education.

● With regard to alternative schools for pregnant girls, the Court held that the establishment of separate schools with four taught subjects operating three days a week was discriminatory and a violation of the right to equal education.

● The Court ordered that the prohibitive policy be revoked with immediate effect and that the Government of Sierra Leone take steps to abolish the alternative schools established for pregnant girls.

● The Court asked the Government to develop strategies and nationwide programmes that focus on reversing negative societal attitudes that support the discrimination and bias against pregnant girls. These strategies and programmes must enable teenage mothers to attend school.

● The Government was ordered to integrate Sexual Reproductive Health Rights into the school curriculum and to increase knowledge on family planning and contraceptive to address high teenage pregnancy rates.

Editor’s notes:

Sexual violence remains widespread in Sierra Leone with women and girls bearing the brunt. In 2018, the Family Unit of the Sierra Leone Police recorded 8,505 rape cases including 2,579 that involved minors. Many more went unreported owing to various gaps in reporting systems and the associated stigma and shame.

Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (W.A.V.E.S) is a registered indigenous non-governmental organization with its vision, mission and values geared towards women’s empowerment and protection. WAVES strives to achieve a non-violent, non-discriminatory and non-exploitative environment for women and children.

Equality Now is an INGO and human rights organization founded to advance the rights of women and girls globally. It holds governments responsible for ending legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence and harmful practices such as FGM and child marriage. Equality Now champions legal and systemic change by setting important legal precedents and exposing barriers that hinder access to justice.

Equality Now has been working with W.A.V.E.S, Defence for Children International (DCI) Sierra Leone, Women’s Partnership for Justice and Peace (WPJP), Graceland Sierra Leone, Child Welfare Society (CWS), and the Education for All Coalition – Sierra Leone, to call on the government to lift the ban on pregnant girls attending regular schools; make schools are safe spaces for girls, and ensure perpetrators of sexual violence are punished.

We are Purposeful is a feminist movement-building hub for adolescent girls that amplifies girls’ voices; resources their resistance; builds solidarity between and across girls’ movements, and catalyzes collaborative philanthropy and support innovation in grassroots programming with and for girls.

Purposeful convened a coalition for girls’ education in Sierra Leone, launching a political advocacy campaign underpinned by media outreach to bring attention to the deep injustice of Sierra Leone’s ban on pregnant girls’ school attendance.

The Coalition for Girls Education comprises over 30 organizations among them national NGOs, UN Agencies and international NGOs that focus on conveying the importance of girls’ access to education, sparking a national conversation on the impact of the ban of the rights of girls in Sierra Leone. It is a subset of the Sierra Leone Adolescent Girls Network and works to empower adolescent girls with improved health, social, economic and cognitive assets while protecting their human rights and elevating their status.

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Fourth Annual Love and Help Children Awards Banquet to Recognize Leaders

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, December 12, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Next Saturday, December 21, 2019, The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay will be holding its fourth annual Love and Help Children Awards Banquet in the Fort Harrison auditorium to recognize leaders and youth in the community who apply the moral values of The Way to Happiness and use it to help others.

The Way to Happiness, authored by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1981, is a nonreligious moral code based wholly on common sense.

At last year’s Love and Help Children Awards Banquet, “We awarded children as young as 4 years old and as old as 17 with the Outstanding Achievement Award for applying the precept ‘Flourish and Prosper’,” said Tanja Cranton, executive director of The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay, who aims to award more children than last year.

Walter Evans, founder of the martial arts school, Shihan School of Survival and a 2018 Love and Help Children awardee, gave an example of how his students have used the book, “I spoke with some students who were being bullied in school,” he said, “together we reviewed the chapter of The Way to Happiness: ‘Flourish and Prosper,’” which helped the students realize they have to stand up for themselves. “Now they’re not being bullied anymore!”

Susan Liverpool is a 2017 Love and Help Children awardee, who continues to work with churches and other nonprofits to mentor children at New Beginnings Life Center in Spring Hill, Florida as the Minister of Christian Education. Liverpool jokes that unlike some other jobs, hers is easy. She gets to “tell people how great life is by applying The Way to Happiness.” Liverpool likes “the fact that we can get under one roof without conflict. That’s what I appreciate. It’s the love factor and that everyone is working together.”

The Way to Happiness “changes everything just because of how harsh the world is,” said Liverpool. “Every child needs to learn it … everyone is able to understand it.”

The event’s doors open at 6 pm for the banquet prepared by the Fort Harrison’s five-star chef team and the awards segement starts at 7 pm.

To RSVP please contact Tanja Cranton at 727-467-6961 and tanja@twth.org.

CLICK HERE to watch the 21 precepts of The Way to Happiness: https://www.thewaytohappiness.org/thewaytohappiness.html

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About The Way to Happiness Association of Tampa Bay:

The Way to Happiness book was written and published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1981 as a nonreligious, common-sense guide to better living. Its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. It is available in 112 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals and millions around the world have received the materials free of charge thanks to the continued sponsorship of the Church of Scientology. The Way to Happiness holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society.

Matthew Ward
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Source: EIN Presswire