Women have powerful presence— Tokunbo Chiedu

Written by vanguard
Sunday, 30 November 2008
TOKUNBO Chiedu is a delightful personality you only need to come in contact for you to come away with a feeling of being tickled. Her laughter is infectious, punctuating her every sentence. In spite of a cold, Tokunbo in-between-sniffs, still maintained her laughter. Apart from her beauty and style which is impactful her laughter resonates. And this stayed with me long after we said our good byes.

Tokunbo ChieduTokunbo is the CEO of Compass Consultancy Limited, a company that brings a diaspora businesses to Nigeria through its yearly exhibition. She also has a clothing line to woman where she offers be spoke services to women who can afford the T.C. Women, (TC being Tokunbo Chiedu) is a shirt line specifically designed with the contors of the African woman in mind.

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In Ethiopia, Ministry says WDP benefiting women engaged in micro, small scale businesses

Addis Ababa, November 28(WIC) -The Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) said the Women Development Package (WDP) designed by the government has benefited women engaged in micro and small scale businesses.

Opening a consultative forum on women entrepreneurship organized by Centre for African Women Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) at the Hilton hotel yesterday, State Minister of MoWA, Ubah Mohammed through her representative said the implementation of the women development package has shown encouraging results in supporting women engaged in micro and small scale business enterprises.

Full story: http://www.waltainfo.com/walnew/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5086&Itemid=52

Resolutions of South- South Sudan dialogue conference

COMMUNIQUE
DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE SPLM AND SOUTHERN POLITICAL PARTIES

JUBA, 8th -13th November 2008

1. The SPLM and 9 Southern Sudan Political Parties namely, Sudan National Labour Party, Southern Sudan Democratic Front ( SSDF) , African National Congress (ANC), United Democratic Salvation Front (UDSF) Southern Sudan Democratic Forum, United Democratic Front (UDF), Union of Sudan African Parties (USAP -2), United Sudan African Parties (USAP) , Sudan African National Union (SANU) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) having met in Juba from 8 -13 November 2008 at Nyokuron Cultural Centre, Juba, and have:

• Highly appreciated the initiative of the 1st Vice President of the Republic, President of the Government of Southern Sudan and the Chairman of the SPLM, for facilitating and availing the parties the opportunity to meet and deliberate on important national issues that have promoted dialogue among the parties.

• Resolved to uphold the unity of the people of Southern Sudan in their diversity.

• Renewed their commitment to the Covenant and Resolutions of the 2005 South – South Dialogue held in Nairobi, Kenya.

• Committed themselves fully to the total implementation of the CPA and the resolutions of the Dialogue conference above.

2. The Meeting discussed and agreed on the following issues:

2.1 The unity of the people of Southern Sudan.

2.2 On Elections, Census, Referendum, North-South Border Demarcation, Popular Consultation in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States areas, IDPs, Refugees and Southern Sudanese in the Diaspora.

2.3 Governance, Democratic Transformation, Power-Sharing in Southern Sudan and the issues pertaining to the Capital of Southern Sudan.

2.4 Petroleum Management, Non-Oil Revenue, Foreign Reserves in Southern Sudan, General Resource Management and the Global Economic Crisis

2.5 Impact of Regional and Internal Security in Southern Sudan

2.6 National Reconciliation and the Healing process in the Country

2.7 Peace in Darfur

2.8 The Establishment of a Leadership Forum consisting of the Leaders of all the Southern Sudan Political Parties and the SPLM for Coordination, Consultation, Easy Communication and Implementation of the Resolution of this Conference.

Issued by the Conference Juba, 13Th November, 2008.

Read the resolutions.

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Open Letter to Barack Obama from Alice Walker
Nov. 5, 2008

Dear Brother Obama,

You have no idea, really, of how profound this moment is for us. Us being the black people of the Southern United States. You think you know, because you are thoughtful, and you have studied our history. But seeing you deliver the torch so many others before you carried, year after year, decade after decade, century after century, only to be struck down before igniting the flame of justice and of law, is almost more than the heart can bear. And yet, this observation is not intended to burden you, for you are of a different time, and, indeed, because of all the relay runners before you, North America is a different place. It is really only to say: Well done. We knew, through all the generations, that you were with us, in us, the best of the spirit of Africa and of the Americas. Knowing this, that you would
actually appear, someday, was part of our strength. Seeing you take your rightful place, based solely on your wisdom, stamina and character, is a balm for the weary warriors of hope, previously only sung about.

I would advise you to remember that you did not create the disaster that the world is experiencing, and you alone are not responsible for bringing the world back to balance. A primary responsibility that you do have, however, is to cultivate happiness in your own life. To make a schedule that permits
sufficient time of rest and play with your gorgeous wife and lovely daughters. And so on. One gathers that your family is large. We are used to seeing men in the White House soon become juiceless and as white-haired as the building; we notice their wives and children looking strained and stressed. They soon have smiles so lacking in joy that they remind us of scissors. This is no way to lead. Nor does your family deserve this fate.

One way of thinking about all this is: It is so bad now that there is no excuse not to relax. From your happy, relaxed state, you can model real success, which is all that so many people in the world really want. They may buy endless cars and houses and furs and gobble up all the attention and space they can manage, or barely manage, but this is because it is not yet clear to them that success is truly an inside job. That it is within the reach of almost everyone.

I would further advise you not to take on other people’s enemies. Most damage that others do to us is out of fear, humiliation and pain. Those feelings occur in all of us, not just in those of us who profess a certain religious or racial devotion. We must learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise. It is understood by all that you are commander in chief of the United States and are sworn to protect our beloved country; this we understand, completely.
However, as my mother used to say, quoting a Bible with which I often fought, “hate the sin, but love the sinner.” There must be no more crushing of whole communities, no more torture, no more dehumanizing as a means of ruling a people’s spirit. This has already happened to people of color, poor
people, women, children. We see where this leads, where it has led.

A good model of how to “work with the enemy” internally is presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet. Because, finally, it is the soul that must be preserved, if one is to remain a credible leader. All else might be lost; but when the soul dies, the connection to earth, to peoples, to animals, to rivers, to mountain ranges, purple and majestic, also dies. And your smile, with which we watch you do gracious battle with unjust
characterizations, distortions and lies, is that expression of healthy self-worth, spirit and soul, that, kept happy and free and relaxed, can find an answering smile in all of us, lighting our way, and brightening the world.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

In Peace and Joy,
Alice Walker

For black women, Michelle Obama is new role model

By MEGAN K. SCOTT
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) – Michelle Obama inspired Richelle Shaw to be a better mother. The future first lady gave LaTonya Brown hope that she can find a husband. And Tina Sutton recites “We are Michelle Obama” with her 4-year-old daughter every morning.

For black women across the country, Michelle Obama is a new role model, a woman who defies stereotypes in a public way they say they haven’t seen since the fictional Clair Huxtable of “The Cosby Show.”

Sutton, 35, is using the future first lady to help teach her daughter to be secure in herself.

“I am comparing her skin to Michelle’s,” she said. “I talk to her about her tall mother and father and that she will more than likely be tall. That is so appealing just like Michelle. Her mother is married to a handsome good black man, just like Michelle and Barack.”

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Spelman Exhibit Honors Ancestors

by Dana Goldman

As a young child of a black family in Cuba in the 1960s, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons loved art. But the art she saw in galleries left her feeling out of sorts.

“When I was young and I was growing up in Cuba I remember going to the museum and wondering where are the people like me? Where are the histories of my mother, my grandmother, my aunt? I’m going to put those faces in this museum.”

For the Spelman exhibition, Campos-Pons recreated a work she first showed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It’s called “Spoken Softly with Mama” and it projects three images of black women at work onto ironing boards. One woman balances starched embroidered white linens on her head. Read the full article.

ACP welcomes efforts to address violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

A Belgium Group of Congolese Diaspora, mostly women, on Thursday (30 October 2008) expressed their concerns to ACP Ambassadors about the recent outbreak of violence in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The women urged the ACP Group to push for immediate cessation of fighting as it severely affects women and children.

Commending the Congolese women for their courage to rally international support to end the crisis, the ACP Group pledges to do whatever it can with its partners to improve humanitarian conditions in this part of the African continent.

The ACP Group of States welcomes the international efforts to end hostility in the DRC, and appeals to conflicting parties to cease hostility and allow for peaceful and mutual settlement to the violence.

In condemning the violence against innocent civilians, the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels also appeals to parties in the conflict to stop aggression in particular against women and children.

The Group also acknowledges the important role of the international community in exploring ways to end the hostility in one of its member states, and calls for urgent global action.

The ACP Group urges its development partner, the European Union, to join the international community in facilitating humanitarian assistance towards the displaced civilians.

On its part, the ACP Group re-affirmed its commitment in partnership with the international community and appropriate stakeholders to finding satisfactory solutions to the crisis.

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