Tag: West Africa

15
Oct

Statement of Solidarity with the People of Nigeria

Students for Sensible Drug Policy stands in solidarity with the people of Nigeria protesting against the human rights abuses and police brutality committed by the Nigerian police force, particularly the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, also known as SARS. We condemn the actions of the Nigerian government, especially the infringing on the people’s right to protest by using violence and brutality, and

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14
Oct

Young Nigerians Fight Against Police Brutality #EndSARS

This report is written by our African Development Consultant, Moronfolu Adeniyi ’14, based on his experiences on the ground in Ogun State. More than a week ago now,  police officers in their usual habits harrassed (shot) a young man in Ughelli part of Delta State. It was thought to be police from the common unit, Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) because

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21
Apr

Announcing the #Sensible2020 Virtual Conference Program

In just ten days, #Sensible2020: The Virtual Drug Policy Conference will bring together Students for Sensible Drug Policy members, alumni, allies, community members, movement leaders, and many more for three days of cutting edge educational content, training, and skills-building. Being available to anyone with an internet connection and with tickets starting at $25 or 25 CAT points, this event will
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2
Jan

SSDP Nigeria Hosts Symposium for World Human Rights Day

By Moronfolu Adeniyi ’14, SSDP’s West Africa Global Fellow The World Human Rights Day Symposium was organized by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) Nigeria, African Students for Liberty and Law Students’ Society, Crescent University Abeokuta. The main topic discussed was the intersection between drug policy and public health from the larger lens of human rights. In attendance were stakeholders from

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6
Jul

How SSDP inspired me to make a difference in Ghana

Earlier this week we announced the launch of the International Activities Fund, which will assist SSDP activists around the world who don’t have access to the same resources often used by young people in the United States. Our goal is to raise $10,000 during the month of July to kickstart the fund. Today, we want to share a story from

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26
Apr

Introducing the United Methodist University Chapter

I’m thrilled to announce that SSDP has a new chapter in Liberia at United Methodist University! Chapter leader Ewelle Williams first got in touch with us at the end of March and since then, he has been tirelessly working to set up an SSDP chapter at his school. So far they’ve been hosting two meetings and are well on their

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24
Jan

Introducing the University of Liberia SSDP Chapter

I’m very thrilled to announce that SSDP’s presence in Liberia has grown from one lone ambassador to an established chapter at the University of Liberia! Liberia now joins Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia as West African countries with established SSDP chapters. I connected with chapter leader Samson Sehgren back in December, where we discussed the need for evidence-based

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5
Dec

Summary of the 2017 SSDP Nigeria National Leadership Workshop/Summit

Written by Moronfolu Adeniyi, Chapter Leader of SSDP Nigeria. Students for Sensible Drug Policy Nigeria, in partnership with Youth Rise, held a 2-day summit to train our chapter leaders on drug use and policies. SSDP Nigeria’s goal is to utilize student activism and grassroots strategy to reform drug policies in our country. Youth Rise was established in 2002 as part

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18
Nov

SSDP Nigeria Hosts Advocacy Bootcamp in Lagos

Written by the chapter leaders of SSDP Nigeria. Students for Sensible Drug Policy Nigeria recently held their very first Leaders Advocacy Bootcamp, which took place 21-23 October at the TMN multimedia centre in Opebi Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. In attendance were over thirty student leaders from across Nigeria who came to be a part of this impactful event, which was tagged “Creating Road

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30
Sep

Report of the SSDP Nigeria Model UN Simulation and Training

Written by the chapter leaders of SSDP Nigeria On Thursday 29th September 2016, SSDP’s Nigeria chapter held a Model United Nations simulation of a General Assembly meeting at the University of Ibadan, with about 50 total students in attendance. The simulation allowed students to research the drug policies of one country and simulate a general assembly meeting in which recommendations

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14
Aug

The Need for Drug Policy Reform in Ghana and West Africa

By Isaiah Adegoke Jnr, a member of SSDP Ghana and a Fellow at the 3rd West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy. The 3rd Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy in West Africa, hosted from the 25th to 30th of July, 2016 at the University of Ghana, emphasized the need for a review of policies

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