To address the global challenges that we face such as poverty, natural disasters, and conflicts, in a way that leaves no one behind, we need to prioritize mental health. Poor mental health and insufficient resources for mental health pose a challenge to our individual and collective capacities to work towards achieving the sustainable development goals.
We explore this issue further with our guest Ambassador Freddy Wangabo Mwenengabo, Executive Director of the East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights (ECAAIR). Freddy joins us today to discuss the need for a global prioritization on mental health, the inequities posed in the area to marginalized community, and the work of the ECAAIR in their interventions at addressing mental health.
Ambassador Fredrick Wangabo Mwenengabo | Executive Director, East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights (ECAAIR)
Fredrick Wangabo Mwenengabo is a Canadian peace and civil rights advocate of Congolese origin who twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He represents civil society organizations working for democracy, peace and development at the United Nations, and he is an observer at both the European Union and African Union.
Amb. Mwenengabo is a champion for peace, rule of law and equality in his native country of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and throughout the world. He has spoken in numerous peace and human rights conferences including those at the United Nations and the African Union. He is an advocate who has been arrested, kidnapped and tortured because of his human rights work and his stand against injustices in and outside his country of birth (DRC). On March 5, 2012, he launched a 48-day hunger strike to raise awareness about human rights issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in the Canadian government and other Francophonie nations taking a more prominent role in the peace process in Congo. From 2010 to 2013, he was a part-time lecturer for the Faculty of Anthropology and International Development at the University of New Brunswick. From his arrival in Canada in 2009 to April 2012, he worked with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc. in various positions. Other organizations that he has worked with include Amnesty international, Human rights Solidarity Network initiated, United Nations, Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice and Caritas International.