Beatrice Acheleke Honored with The 2009 World Diversity Leadership Summit “Freedom and Justice” Award

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Beatrice Acheleke, founder and leader of the Black European Women’s Council was honored at the 2009 World Diversity Leadership Summit this month in Washington, DC. Ms. Acheleke is a mother, executive director of AFRA, a non-profit, non governmental self-organisation and NGO of Black Women with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and an inspiration to Black women everywhere.

Previous honorees include Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic and leader of the Czech Velvet Revolution against Communist Rule.

The World Diversity Leadership Summit conference is the world’s leading gathering of senior corporate executives, leading experts and policymakers focused on global and local diversity best practices. Conference partners included some of the largest and most respected companies and media outlets n the world.

The Black Women in Europe Blog and Social Network, and Women of the African Diaspora website and social network is proud to know Beatrice and have her as a member of our community! We salute you and congratulate you!

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Don’t Forget Your Nomination For The 100 Black European Women in Leadership Book and Award

Get your nomination form:
http://www.blackwomencenter.org/

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Call for Nomination for the book “100 Black European Women in Leadership” and the “Black European Leadership Award – BELA 2009”

The need to highlight, raise awareness on and to celebrate achievements and successes of Black European Women from a self-empowerment perspective has been repeated on several occasions.

It is a fact that there are many Black European Women in decision-making and leadership positions in different Member States of the European Union. However, their contributions and achievements still remain largely invisible. Therefore, AFRA and its partners think that it is high time to pick up this challenge from a self-empowerment perspective and focus on this aspect within the framework of the European Year on Innovation and Creativity 2009.

For this reason we are currently working on our next book with the title: “100 Black European Women in Leadership”. This project aims at gathering data on 100 Black European Women in leadership and decision-making positions in Europe under the following categories: Social and Humanitarian engagements, Politics, Entrepreneurship, Academics and Research, Arts and Culture, Sports and Media. The selected 100 women shall be published as an attempt to honor these Black European role models (in all their rich diversity) for their leadership activities on the one hand, and on the other hand to encourage and promote the younger generations to go even further.

We therefore would very much appreciate it if you could recommend and/or help passing on this call to Black European Women around you, whom you think definitely deserve this honor. The deadline for nominations is 20th of March 2009. An international jury is going to decide upon the 100 Black European Women to be considered in the book and the BELA Award 2009.

AFRA and its partners are organising the “European Diversity, Innovation and Creativity Week 2009” from 13th-16th October 2009 in Brussels, within the framework of the European Year 2009 on Innovation and Creativity. A high level gala evening is planned during this week to officially present the book “100 Black European Women in Leadership” and to honor selected personalities (for the first time) with the “Black European Leadership Award (BELA 2009)”- for their contributions to the promotion of the cause of Black European Women.

The “Global Diversity Award Europe 2009 2009 (GDA-EU)” takes place on the same evening after the BELA.
For further information we gladly will be at your service and are looking forward to getting in personal contact with you.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve
been waiting for. We are the change that we seek
.” (Barack Obama 2008)

Let us make a change together!

Beatrice Achaleke (Executive Director AFRA)
– AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
– Initiator Black European Women’s Council-BEWC
– Trägerin des österreichischen Bundesehrenzeichen 2008
Graumanngasse 7/D/1, 1150 Wien
Tel/Fax: +43 1 9660 425
ZVR-Zahl: 488597767
office@blackwomencenter.org

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Celebrating Obama’s inaugural Act in the European Year of innovation and creativity 2009

 

*Celebrating Obama’s inaugural Act in the European Year of innovation and creativity 2009.
*President elect BARACK OBAMA’S INAUGURATION act On the 20th of January 2009.

Following the Historical victory of President elect Barack Obama Various
NGOs and Black communities based in Austria are coming together to
celebrate change in the spirit of Obama.We are seizing this moment to
question, encourage and promote political participation of migrants in
Austria.

This event will be held at the Amerika *Haus, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2
1010 Vienna* and is supported by the US Embassy in Austria.
*The event starts at 4:OO pm*.

This event offers the floor and a unique opportunity for Leading opinion
leaders, politicians, diplomats and representatives from different
Austrian communities to make a commitment for change in the European
Year of innovation and creativity 2009.

We hereby kindly invite you to join us on this day to stand up and
celebrate the spirit of change we strongly believe in.

Participation is free of charge upon registration under
office@blackwomencenter.org

For further information and program contact:

office@radioafrika.net
redaktion@afrikanet.info
office@blackwomencenter.org

On behalf of the team of change.
*Beatrice Achaleke, Simon Inou, Alexis Neuberg*

ps: please feel free to pass on this invitation to your friends and
whoever may interested!

*Initiators:
*AFRA – International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
Afrikanet.info
Radio Afrika TV

*Project partners:
-BDFA
-Tres Monos
-Afrocut
-Ossiri’s Lernakademie
-Schwarze Frauen Community
-Afrikanische Frauenorganisation
-Association for Democracy in Africa
-Chiala Afriquas Graz
-Black Community Linz
-Prinz Zeka

Beatrice Achaleke
– Executive Director
– AFRA — International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives
– Initiator Black European Women’s Council-BEWC
– Trägerin des österreichischen Bundesehrenzeichen 2008

Graumanngasse 7/D/1, 1150 Wien
Tel/Fax: +43 1 9660 425
ZVR-Zahl: 488597767
office@blackwomencenter.org

www.blackwomencenter.org
www.bewnet.eu
www.blackaustria.au

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