Women Advancement Forum 2014 & Awards billed to hold from May 25 to 29 in Banjul, The Gambia

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Great things await guests and visitors to the Great things await guests and visitors to the Women Advancement Forum 2014 & Awards billed to hold from May 25 to 29 in Banjul, The Gambia. Dubbed “Africa’s most attended gender conference”, the Women Advancement Forum (WAF) will bring together women Heads of States and Governments, diplomats, bankers and other influential women from across the African continent.

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Already named as guests are Her Excellency (Mrs) Zineb Jammeh, First Lady, The Gambia; Her Excellency, Dr. Isatou Njie Saidy, Vice President,The Gambia; Her Excellency, Mrs Sia Koroma, First Lady, Republic of Sierra Leone; Her Excellency, Madame Marieme Faye Sall, First Lady, Republic of Senegal; Her Excellency, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, First Lady Ogun State, Nigeria; Ms. Almas Jiwani, President, UN Women (National Committee) Canada, and Mr. Peter Metcalfe, President, Foundation for the Development of Africa (FDA) amongst other First Ladies from Africa.

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WAF has become Africa’s most attended gender conference and has consistently for 3 years made its foot print indelible as the formidable platform for deliberations and formulation of affirmative issues affecting the advancement, empowerment, and sustainable approach to motivating and inspiring women of Africa. Since 2010, WAF has become the annual rallying point for women of different race, age, on issues regarding women economic empowerment in business and global partnerships.

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Hajiya Aisha Ibrahim, Global Convener of Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT) speaking on the lunching of the Gambia chapter of Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT) at WAF 2014 said that it is a welcome trend adopted by WAF and WiLAT Africa because it would go a long way to address the issue of global partnerships among women. Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT) South Africa was formed and lunched at the WAF 2013.

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At the 2014 WAF over 30 men and women in leadership roles are expected to deliver inspirational and lead delegates through gender advancement and empowerment; amongst them are First Ladies, ambassadors, women business and entrepreneurs, professionals as well as several others. Over 500 attendees are expected with singular purpose of taking affirmative stand on issues on MDGs, empowering the woman, and giving the world a future beyond MDGs.

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WAF-mdg and WAF Tribute Awards are coveted awards. These awards have unique value, organizers disclosed, offering the opportunity to honour distinguished women and men from Africa and around the world at a special Award/Charity gala night.

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Women, develop your high level strategic network and business contacts – get introduced to the premium circles of business, politics and professionals of African women. Promote your product at the exhibition where buyers and sellers meet. Confirmed exhibitors are successful made in Africa products and services; developed for African women and that include dresses made from African fabrics, cosmetics and beauty products, business brands for franchise etc.
Learn from the best, at the High Performance Negotiation & Communicating Skills pre-conference workshop. Find out the specific and essential contents for ambitious women in business, politics and society. Delegates will learn the secrets and insights which will get them to their goals faster, organizers added.

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Book your seat now by clicking: www.womenadvancementforum.com.

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US Women’s Equality Day – August 26, 2012

By Marina Mecl

Did you know that the long and difficult struggle for women’s right to vote lasted 72 years? Certainly the struggle was compounded by the fact that women were not even allowed to speak at public forums in that era. Can you imagine that in this current election year?!

Now, both men and women in the United States celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26th. It was on that day in 1920 – eight days after it had been ratified – that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect, giving female citizens the right to vote in all U.S. elections. Sad to say, only one of the suffragists who attended the historical Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848 was still alive to vote in the 1920 presidential election.

The 19th Amendment was not only a landmark for democracy in our nation’s history; it was the first step on a long path towards raising consciousness about equality – equality for women of all social ranks and equality for women and men of all skin colors and religious denominations.

Let’s turn to the present 2012 Presidential Election Year. Will this be an “election all about women,” as the title of an April 2, 2012 article in The Atlantic suggests?

The presidential and vice-presidential nominees

It’s an all male race in November with the exception of candidates chosen by the Green Party, which selected two women, presidential nominee Jill Stein and vice-presidential nominee Cheri Honkala. Women may not be running in the two largest political parties, but their votes will have a major impact on who wins. The candidates know that they will ignore them only to their own peril.

The issues

The issues are being hotly discussed, but according to a USA Today/Gallup Swing-State Poll in April, “Men and women (among registered voters in 12 of the top swing states) show somewhat different priorities when identifying issues that are ‘extremely important’ in influencing their vote for president.”[1] And the closer we get to the election, the more women it seems are bringing up the issues specifically related to females.

Political discourse via social media tools

Everyone would probably agree that social media tools have become an increasingly important means for political discourse and information sharing today. So who is using these tools? In 2011, female Facebook users in the U.S. outnumbered male Facebook users in all age categories![2] Facebook reported that the 55 – 64 age group, which included two million more female users than male users, was almost the size of the 13 – 17 group, in which there were one million more females than males. An anecdotal observation is that these older female Facebook users may be just as likely to be sharing political links as they are to be sharing pictures of their grandchildren.

Most reports are also indicating that the number of females in the U.S. using Twitter is slightly higher than the number of male Twitter users.

The presidential debates

Largely thanks to the efforts of three teenage women, the moderators for this year’s presidential and vice-presidential debates will be evenly divided between male and female journalists. When sixteen-year-olds Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberis and Sammi Siegel, all from Montclair, New Jersey, learned in civics class that it has been twenty years since a female journalist moderated the presidential debates, they started a Change.org petition.[3] The 122,000 signatures they collected fell slightly short of the number needed but their campaign caused a lot of attention and in the end brought success!

Women in Congress

Little has changed since I started writing articles for Women’s Equality Day in 2006, when 81 of the 535 House and Senate seats were held by women. Now women hold 90, or 16.8%, of the 535 seats in the 112th U.S. Congress — 17, or 17.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 73, or 16.8%, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. In addition, three women serve as Delegates to the House from Guam, the Virgin Islands and Washington, DC.[4] It is not a dramatic increase, but at least it is in the upward

direction. We can all see we are not equal yet!

Voter turnout – the gender factor

If the turnout of voters in the upcoming presidential election follows the trend of the past three decades, the proportion of eligible female adults who will vote will exceed the proportion of eligible males who vote. According to The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, 70.4 million women and 60.7 million men voted in the 2008 Presidential Election. Even among citizens between the ages of 18 – 24, the percentage of women voting was higher than that of their male peers.[5]

Taking these hard facts into account, you can see that a woman will very likely cast the deciding vote on November 6.

I close with this message:

May Women’s Equality Day be a reminder to ALL of us to express our precious right to vote! Remember this isn’t just a presidential election; it’s a general election, so lots of seats for Congress will be decided too. Look up your candidates, see where they stand on the issues, make your choice and vote on November 6, 2012 — whether you live at home or abroad!

Some helpful voter resources:

  • Non-partisan information on elected officials’ voting records and candidates’ positions: Project Vote Smart
  • Non-partisan information about Congress including more demographic information: Congress.org
  • A non-partisan organization providing online tools and services for U.S. voters living abroad: Overseas Vote Foundation  and their website for young voters  Youth  Vote Overseas – both  provide a handy Candidate Finder
  • A non-partisan organization that provides young women and girls with the skills and confidence they need to become the political leaders of tomorrow: Running Start


[2] Facebook Demographics Revisited – 2011 Statistics, CVP Marketing Group, March 7, 2011.

[4] Facts on Women in Congress 2011, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, accessed August 20, 2012.

[5] Gender Difference in Voter Turnout, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, 2011.

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Caster Semenya wins Olympic Silver in her first Olympic games

Photo: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

“She has toiled out of difficulty to become a symbol of greatness and has shown that it doesn’t matter where you come from. From her small village in Limpopo, where the people are full of poverty, she has become the symbol of a courageous young woman.”

–South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula

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The youngest person to win an Olympic boxing gold medal is Claressa Shields

Source: Yahoo!

Claressa Shields
Claressa Shields

LONDON — Throughout the Olympics’ first women’s boxing tournament, U.S. middleweight Claressa Shields would refer to the ultimate prize as “my gold medal.” After Thursday, she can proudly claim that it is.

Shields, 17, defeated Nadezda Torlopova of Russia on Thursday night, 19-12, to claim the gold medal in the middleweight division, in the Olympic event’s inaugural year. She’s the second-youngest fighter to win gold in either men’s or women’s boxing.

Read the full story on Yahoo! Sports.

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Women Supporting Women Globally Weekend in Atlanta, GA June 14th of 2013 and will end June 16th

 
ANNOUNCEMENT: I am proud to announce our first, Women Supporting Women Globally Weekend in Atlanta, GA. This fabulous weekend will start June 14th of 2013 and will end June 16th with you having more business contacts, SUCCESS, friends, fun,empowerment and so much more.
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For those of you who don’t know, I started Women Supporting Women about 3 months ago and I’m proud to say this group consist of some of the most intelligent and powerful women in the world from China, Netherlands to Turkey.
So, save the date, start making plans and RSVP so you can stay in the know about the events to come and we’ll see you June 14th, muah!
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WE ARE LOOKING FOR FEMALE MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS, SINGERS/GROUPS, BANDS, AUTHORS, FILM DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS, DOCTORS, COMEDIANS & ETC!!! INBOX ME AT KIMTUMEY@YAHOO.COM WITH THE SUBJECT WSWG, THX! YAY, I’M SO EXCITED!
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STAY TUNED FOR HOTEL INFORMATION & MORE EVENT DETAILS!
RSVP HERE TO GET MORE DETAILS: http://www.facebook.com/events/294272294013099/

FRIDAY JUNE 14: EVENTS TBD, TAKING IDEA’S

SATURDAY JUNE 15th: VENDORS EVENT
This event will be one big shopping bonanza all under one roof at Clayton County International Park! This is a family friendly event day that offers, volleyball courts, a beach, lake, fishing and so much more for your kids while you work or shop!

WHERE: Clayton County International Park
2300 Highway 138 SE, Jonesboro, GA 30236

SUNDAY JUNE 16TH: DEPARTURE

VENDOR BOOTH’S:
OPTION 1: VENDOR SPACE FOR $500.00 WHICH WILL INCLUDE YOUR VENDOR BOOTH AND TRANSPORTATION (MAX 2 PEOPLE PER SPACE) TO THE DIFFERENT EVENTS AND EVENT SET-UP ONLY MINUS TABLES & ETC. FROM MY PREFERRED HOTEL. THE FIRST 10 VENDORS TO PAY THEIR DEPOSIT GET A FREE 6 OR 8 FOOT TABLE FOR THE DAY!

OPTION 2: VENDOR SPACE FOR $350.00 ON 2ND LEVEL AND THE FIRST 10 VENDORS TO PAY THEIR DEPOSIT GET A FREE 6 OR 8 FOOT TABLE FOR THE DAY…

A NON-REFUNDABLE $100.00 DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED TO HOLD YOUR SPACE AND VENDORS WILL HAVE TO BE APPROVED. A MONTHLY NON-REFUNDABLE PAYMENT IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

6-8 FOOT TABLES AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL UPON REQUEST!

FOR QUESTIONS, CONCERNS OR MORE DETAILS E-MAIL US AT WSWGWEEKEND@YAHOO.COM THANK YOU!

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Carmelita Jeter, Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight smash the record winning gold at the London Olympics

LONDON — As Carmelita Jeter sprinted across the finish line in the women’s 4×100-meter relay Friday night, she turned to her left and pointed a finger at the electronic clock beside the track as if to say, “Look at what we just did.” A beat later, the board flashed Jeter’s news in bold type: NEW WR.

Photo credit: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Jeter’s final leg capped a blistering race for the United States team, which won its first gold medal in the event in 16 years and did it in emphatic fashion. The winning time of 40.82 seconds shattered the world record of 41.37, which was set in 1985 by East Germany, whose athletes were later found to be part of a state-run doping system.

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