This Conference is organised by INGO Third Sector Resource USA, in collaboration with the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus as part of the international Women’s Week Celebrations
April 28th – 30th 2009
Georgia World Congress Centre
285 Andrew Young International Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30313
Towards meaningful Global Partnership and Dialogue
Meaningful and sustained dialogue and partnership between women in positions of leadership in the African Diaspora and those of contemporary continental Africa has been either completely ignored or not engaged in a sustained fashion. Another reason for the disconnection between Diaspora and Continental women could also be derived from the fact that for African women living in the West, our sense of identity is already complex and our dislocation from Africa and relocation in the West makes for an overlapping of already complex African/ diasporic identities whereas in the instance of Continental women, these issues may exist in other forms. Historical differences these have also contributed in keeping the two from collaborating for change.
Bringing these streams together for any meaningful engagement that produces results is challenging but must be done and there no better time than now particularly as a number of women are breaking through the so called glass ceiling both in the West and in Africa, the majority of whom attribute their success to factors such as access to education and work opportunities, mentoring by both men and women as well as support from family, employers, supervisors, teachers and colleagues. This conference will demonstrate the role of women as agents for sustainable transformation that cuts across all areas.
Who should attend?
Women leaders working at the grassroots, at community levels, in Private and Public Sectors, Third Sector bodies (Faith based Organisations, NGOs, Quangos, Charitable concerns and Non profit etc).
Include Michelle Obama, First lady USA, President Johnson Sirleaf President of Liberia, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (MD World Bank), Prof. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke (DG Nigerian Stock Exchange), Condoleezza Rice former US Secretary of State, Sandra Finley, President and CEO, League of Black Women, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro Deputy Secretary-General, Orprah Winfrey, Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai, First Ladies of various nations and States among others.
Topics to be discussed
• Goals Number 1, 3, 8 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for a full listing, please visit www.undp.org/mdg/basics.shtml
• Strategic leadership (tailored for women)
• Avenues of Wealth Creation for the 21st Century Woman of colour
• Women leaders and Peace advocacy (creating an effective lobbying group)
• Gender Gap in Education
• Inequality in economic structures and policies, in all forms of productive activities and in access to resources
• Exchange of ideas and experiences (interactive Forum)
The 1st African Diaspora and Continental Women in Leadership conference – Atlanta Georgia will lay the foundation for the coming together of African Diaspora women and those of the Continent to accelerate the pace of partnership and dialogue towards poverty alleviation and eradication where possible, and impacting positively the quality of life for each other, our communities, families and the globe at large.
Cell Phone: +44 (0) 8453 312 726
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Website for Black Women is about to unveil a new look for its anniversary.
Rotterdam, NL/Stockholm, SWE October 29, 2008 – Women of the African Diaspora website is having a birthday complete with gifts for its readers. The website, which celebrates Black women, will unveil its new look and a new domain name on November 1, 2008.
“Women of the African Diaspora website is simply better than ever,” says Sandra Rafaela, Women of the African Diaspora’s co-founder and co-editor. “We are working very hard to create a website that provides information, inspiration and more for Black women around the world.”
Women of the African Diaspora website leverages the global reach of the Internet to share relevant news, event notices and showcase a wide range of talented Black women including authors, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and others. And with Black women living on virtually every continent, it certainly has a large market.
“Women of the African Diaspora’s website content is very compelling and shines a positive spotlight on Black women that main stream media far too often ignores,” says Adrianne George, Women of the African Diaspora‘s co-founder and co-editor. “The number of visitors to the site has increased each month over the past year, and our new look and new domain name make us the perfect choice for advertisers who want to reach the important market of Black women consumers.”
The year has been marked with highlights for the Women of the African Diaspora co-editors, with Ms. Rafaela’s Afro European Sisters Network blog being awarded blogged’s “great” rating. Ms. George’s Black Women in Europe blog was a member of a credentialed blogging team at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Her blog also won the Helping Hand Award, a 2009 Black Web Award for Best European Website, and was a finalist for a 2008 Black Weblog award.
Within the next year, Ms. Rafaela and Ms. George have big goals for the website: to introduce new categories including a section showcasing photographers, increase the number of visitors, attract quality advertisers, and continue to fill every page of Women of the African Diaspora with inspiration and information for Black women.
“We’ve come so far in just one year,” explains George. “We haven’t just built a website, we’ve built a community with the Women of the African Diaspora Social Network. Rafaela explains, “We have really enjoyed meeting accomplished and positive Black women while providing them with a unique platform for exposure. We’re ready to take on year two.”
Anniversary gifts are provided by Creating Tomorrow, iPavilion, Marsha T. Jenkins, Lutishia Lovely, and Victoria Wells.
More information is available at http://blackwomenineurope.com.
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We received this request today:
My sorority is sponsoring an International Awareness 1 day conference in March 09 – the focus will be women of the African Diaspora, working together. So, of course I thought of you.
Before the conference, we’re trying to gather information and opinions from as many women of African descent – all over the world, that we can, so wanted to ask if you’d be interested in participating. Basically, I have a 10-question survey that asks about your views of women in your country. The idea is for us to understand what’s good and what’s bad, so that we can work together to develop an action plan to address the issues facing all women.
If you would like to participate please email the ansers to the following questions to Veronica:
Tell me how you see the role on women in your culture/country?
What shaped your view?
Do you agree with this role for women in your culture/country?
What are the strengths for women in your culture/country?
What are the challenges?
How do and or other women you know cope with the challenges?
If you had a magic wand what changes would you make and why?
What would you like for your sisters in America to know about the culture of women in your country?
Is there a particular group of women in your country that are in need of special assistance?
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?