INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

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Justina Mutale launches Report on “PATHWAYS TO POWER: CREATING SUSTAINABLE CHANGE FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS” as part of the“BECAUSE I AM A GIRL: The State of the World’s Girls” series by Plan International Ireland in preparation of the United Nations INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL. The Report was launched in Dublin in the presence of the Irish Government Minister for Overseas Development and the CEO of Plan International Ireland.

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BARONESS SANDIP VERMA, HOST & CHAIRPERSON:“ AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN” Thursday 2nd October 2014.

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BARONESS SANDIP VERMA, HOST & CHAIRPERSON
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Baroness Verma will be the Host and Chairperson of our Conference with United Nations Envoy and South African Superstar, Yvonne Chaka Chaka on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN”. The Conference will be held at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament, London. Thursday 2nd October 2014.
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Baroness Verma is a member of the House of Lords and businesswoman. She is the UK’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). As Under Secretary of State, Baroness Verma is responsible for the business of the Department of Energy & Climate Change in the House of Lords. Other responsibilities include departmental performance and delivery; efficiency; lean regulation; managing liabilities, including coal health and the Concessionary Fuel Scheme; transparency; managing the nuclear legacy; Geological Disposal Facility; civil nuclear security; smart meters; nuclear safety and regulation and nuclear non-proliferation. Prior to becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DECC, Baroness Verma was Spokesperson for Cabinet Office, International Development, Women and Equalities and Business Innovation and Skills. In 2006 she was raised to the peerage as Baroness Verma of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire. 

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Baroness Verma was Opposition Whip from 2006 to 2010 and then Government Whip following the 2010 general election. Baroness Verma started her first business at the age of 19 in high fashion, supplying high street multiples. In 2000 she changed her business to the service sector. Policies in Baroness Verma’s Department include managing the use and disposal of radioactive and nuclear substances and waste; helping households to cut their energy bills; Countering weapons proliferation; Using evidence and analysis t inform energy and climate change policies; Maintaining UK energy; and Providing regulation and licensing of energy industries and infrastructure.

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DR TITILOLA BANJOKO, PANEL SPEAKER:“ AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN” Thursday 2nd October 2014.

DR TITILOLA BANJOKO, PANEL SPEAKER
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Dr Titilola Banjoko will be a Panel Speaker at our Conference with United Nations Envoy to Africa and South African Superstar, Yvonne Chaka Chaka on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN”. The Conference will be hosted by The Rt. Hon. Baroness Velma at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament, London. Thursday 2nd October 2014.

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Dr Banjoko pioneered the formation of AfricaRecruit and FindaJobinAfrica.com – a programme designed to build human capital and skills capacity in Africa by strengthening the human resource framework on the continent, mobilising skills inside and outside Africa to address policy gaps and skills shortages impacting Africa’s development. AfricaRecruit also seeks to mobilise the African Diaspora to investment in Africa. Dr Banjoko has over 14 years’ experience working with various African networks and key stakeholders and is highly regarded as a Diaspora expert. She has contributed to a number of global policy initiatives aimed at addressing Africa’s development by engaging with organisations such as the World Health Organisation, African Union, NEPAD, NEPAD Business Council, Commonwealth Secretariat to name a few.

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As a healthcare manager with a clinical background, Dr Banjoko is a member of the NHS International group and serves on the Council of the Royal African Society, Africa-UK Diaspora Programme; and is a Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative and serves on its Executive Board. She has previously served on the Migrant Advisory Board of The European Commission Joint Migration and Development Initiative; Department for International Development (DFID) Global Poverty Advisory Board; World Health Organisation (WHO) Health Worker Global Policy Advisory Council; selection panel of the International Health Links Funding Scheme run by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET); and Executive Board Commonwealth Business Women’s Network. Dr Banjoko has won a number of awards including the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners Award, Black Business Awards and Best of Nigeria 2004. She was named by the United Kingdom Independent Newspaper as one of the Pride of a continent: “Africa’s gifts to the world.”

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JACQUELINE ONALO, CONVENOR:“ AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN” Thursday 2nd October 2014.

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JACQUELINE ONALO, CONVENOR
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Jacqueline Onalo is one of the convenors of our Conference with United Nations Envoy to Africa and South African Superstar, Yvonne Chaka Chaka on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN”. The Conference will be hosted by The Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament, London. Thursday 2nd October 2014.
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Jacqueline is a human rights and immigration lawyer at R.Spio & Company Solicitors. She is both a barrister and solicitor of England and Wales. She has recently been admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. In the UK, Jacqueline has been involved in consultation with the Home Office with regards to proposed changes in legislation, policy and procedure in asylum, immigration and human rights.She devises and delivers training to legal practitioners and legal update seminars to community groups through various churches and Citizens for London (TELCO). She contributes to an immigration radio show on Pan Afrique FM and regularly appears on BenTV promoting the “Africans against Corruption” online campaign. Jacqueline is one of the pioneers of the Diaspora Development Associates (DDA) whose pilot scheme through African Community Development Foundation led to the establishment of African Diaspora Volunteering. She is a trustee of Community Development Initiatives (CDI), a charity that operates in Kenya and the UK. CDI’s fundraising efforts have contributed to various projects centered on poverty alleviation, promotion of education, performing arts, micro finance and micro enterprise. She has recently been appointed as trustee of Young Christian Workers who campaign. Jacqueline is a member of the “POWER 14” a consortium of Diaspora Women Leaders and one of the top 100 Diaspora ChangeMakers selected for their phenomenal leadership qualities and achievements in community development by the Royal Society of Arts and Comic Relief.

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DEBORAH OWHIN, CONVENOR: “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN” Thursday 2nd October 2014.

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DEBORAH OWHIN, CONVENOR
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Deborah Owhin is one of the convenors of our Conference with United Nations Envoy to Africa and South African Superstar, Yvonne Chaka Chaka on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA AFRICAN WOMAN”. The Conference will be hosted by The Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament, London. Thursday 2nd October 2014.
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Deborah is a gender equality specialist and Founder of Made Equal, whose vision is to engage, educate and empower people in their 20s and 30s in the campaign to eradicate gender inequality. Made Equal was selected as a NGO partner at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict hosted by United Nations Envoy and Hollywood Actress, Angelina Jolie with former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague. Deborah was also a delegate at the Global Girls Summit hosted by Rt. Hon Justine Greening UK Secretary of State for International Development. She is a member of the “POWER 14” a consortium of Diaspora Women Leaders and one of the top 100 Diaspora ChangeMakers. Deborah is also a member of the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations and was selected in the top 100 UK Public Service Scholars by FutureGov and Westminster Hub. An “Associate” of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative, Deborah has participated in an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Nigeria and Human Trafficking. She graduated with a first class degree in Psychology from Spelman College, Atlanta USA, where she started the first “Women of Colour Student Leadership Conference” and was awarded the Global Leader Award, as well as the title of ‘The Visionary’. Deborah is a civil society delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York, where she hosted the first Young Professionals Networking event in partnership with the Young Professionals of the Metro New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women to connect and develop new ideas. Deborah serves on the Board of Restored and has been interviewed by a number of media organisations including London Live and Sky News and her perspectives have been published, through articles, quotes and press releases, in newspapers both in the UK and abroad.

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Justina Mutale joins Advisory Board of the British Award for Africa Development

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Justina Mutale, the African Woman of the Year 2012 has said she is “humbled and honoured” to be appointed to the Advisory Board of the British Award for Africa Development.The organisation encourages Africans to play a key role in Africa’s development.
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The British Awards for Africa Development is a project pioneered and developed by Peace International, to highlight and recognise the achievements of talented individuals who have excelled in academia, entrepreneurial endeavours, as well as NGO’s or companies who have contributed time, finances or hard work to support the development of Africa and the African Diaspora.
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Jean Bosco Kanyemesha, Executive Director of Peace International and Founder of the British Award for Africa Development, said: “Today Africa is among the world’s fastest growing economies despite the recent global downturn. Apart from Multinational investors, Africa and the Diaspora are leading in this new economic boom as they are actively taking part in entrepreneurship and investment. The Diaspora are also participating in the economic development of their adopted countries.”
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The inaugural ceremony of the British Award for Africa Development will be held at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament in London, on 4th December 2014.
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Pauline Lathan, MP, said: “The British Award for African Development is a fantastic initiative and provides an opportunity for individuals and companies to be recognised and celebrated for all they have contributed to African communities both in the UK and abroad. I fully support BRAAD and I am looking forward to an enjoyable evening. I wish all the nominees the best of luck.”

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YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA TO SPEAK AT AFRICA RISING CONFERENCE IN LONDON

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YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA TO SPEAK AT AFRICA RISING CONFERENCE IN LONDON
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South African Superstar and Legendary Singer, YVONNE CHAKA CHAKA will be in London next week.
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Ms Chaka Chaka, who is a UNICEF & Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador and Founder of Princess of Africa Foundation will hold the London premiere of her film: “A MOTHERLAND TOUR: A Journey of African Women with Yvonne Chaka Chaka” which will be screened in the wings of the 58th BFI London Film Festival.
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Ms Chaka Chaka will also be a Keynote Speaker at the Conference on “AFRICA RISING: THE ROLE OF THE DIAPSORA AFRICAN WOMAN”, which will be hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma, Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament on Thursday 2nd October 2014.
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The Women’s Conference will discuss the role of women in the rise of Africa, with special focus on the need for the Diaspora African Woman to constructively engage with the current exciting and transformative moment in Africa’s history. The Conference aims to provide delegates an opportunity to gain insight and join discussions about the realities, obligations, obstacles and opportunities for the Diaspora African Woman in Africa Rising.
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The Conference has been convened by members of the “POWER 14?, who include Justina Mutale, Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY, who is also African Woman of the Year 2012 and Gender Equality Ambassador & Spokesperson for the International Women’s Think Tank; Jacqueline Onalo, Human Rights and Immigration Lawyer at R. Spio & Company Solicitors and a trustee of Community Development Initiatives (CDI); and Deborah Owhin, Gender Equality Specialist and Founder of Made Equal, a vision to engage, educate and empower people in their 20s and 30s in the campaign to eradicate gender inequality.

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“It is hoped that this Conference can provide an avenue for understanding and paving a way for African women, including those in the Diaspora, to play an integral part in the rise of the continent in the wake of Africa’s changing political, environmental; economic and social landscape; as well as in the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda”. Says Justina Mutale.

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(Justina Mutale)
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The Conference will be moderated by International Broadcaster, Vuyiswa Ngqobongwana who presents the Africa Today Programme on PRESS TV. Other Speakers include Lukwesa Burak, TV Presenter and News Anchor, SKY World News; Melissa Powys-Rodrigues, Chairperson, South African Chamber of Commerce UK; Anna Vanderpuye, CEO of African Business Roundtable; Chief Kate Anolue, former Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield and Founder of the Forum for African Women in Politics; Sherry Ann Dixon, Founder & CEO of Women on the Crossroads; Chioma Agwuegbo, Social Media Strategist and Founding Editor at Naija2015; Perez Ochieng, Founder & CEO of Sahara Communities Abroad (SACOMA); and Dr Titilola Banjoko, Healthcare Manager and Director, AfricaRecruit and FindaJobinAfrica.com.
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“African women have to continue to increase their input into policy development and large scale businesses across Africa and in the Diaspora as the outputs have a direct impact on societies. This means breaking out from traditional preconceived areas of engagement such as gender development, micro business etc to mainstream areas such as macroeconomics and health”. Says Dr Titilola Banjoko.
The Conference will be followed by the Private Screening of Yvonne’s Film, which is based on women’s health and empowerment. The film tells the inspirational story of African women who are making a positive impact on the health of their communities. In the film, Yvonne travels through Africa meeting courageous women who are changing lives. As each story unfolds, so does a powerful message: “Health is not a luxury of the few, but an inalienable right for all”.
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By following Yvonne on this journey, audiences will hear the voices of the marginalised women and communities empowered by hope, which may not only lift viewers’ spirits but also raise voices against the disparities that still exist around the world. This film is a call to action for nations to honour their commitments to improve the health of all Africans, especially women and children in meeting the Health Millennium Development Goals.
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The Conference is organised by members of the “POWER 14” in association with the Universal Peace Federation.
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The “POWER 14? is a consortium of African Diaspora Women Leaders selected for their phenomenal leadership qualities and achievements in community development. The “POWER 14? are part of the top 100 Diaspora ChangeMakers Network, a project by the Royal Society of Arts with support from DfID’s Common Grounds Initiative, Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy, that seeks to identify and bring together the UK’s most promising individuals of African origin with a desire to support African communities in the UK and Africa.
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The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace centered on universal spiritual and moral values. It is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It supports and promotes the work of the United Nations and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and advocates renewal of the United Nations, including a proposal that the United Nations create an interreligious council within its structures. UPF implements its programs through a global network of Ambassadors for Peace
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SOURCE: Justina Mutale

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