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In 2010 the African Union launched the African Women’s Decade, an initiative to promote women’s empowerment and to place women’s rights at the centre of socio-economic development in Africa. Three years the upcoming conference ‘Mobilising African Women in the Diaspora: Creating a movement for African women’s leadership, rights and development’ asks what has been achieved and how can we maximise the invaluable contribution women in the African diaspora can and do offer to their host communities.

The scope of the financial investment, intellectual, social and political capital potential among Diaspora African women is a major opportunity to help realise the goals of the African Women’s Decade.

This conference will provide a platform for discussion, learning, skills building, networking and the opportunity to help shape DAWN (Diaspora African Women’s Network) UK.

DAWN UK (a FORWARD initiative) aims to provide a space for all African women and girls to influence and shape policies and actions in relation to their health, rights and well-being. It will aim to strengthen the links between African women’s organisations in the Diaspora and those in countries of origin.

Speakers/Workshop Facilitators (more to be confirmed, see our website for regular updates):

Keynote speaker: Sada Mire, Archaeologist and founder/Executive Director of Horn Heritage Organisation
Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Executive Director, Foundation for Women’s Health, Research & Development (FORWARD)
Saria Khalifa, Youth Programme Co-ordinator, Foundation for Women’s Health, Research & Development (FORWARD)
Rainatou Sow, Make Every Woman Count
Minna Salami, MsAfropolitan.com
Patricia Lamour, Aspire Education Group
Barbara Kasumu, Elevation Network
Marie-Clare Faray-Kele, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)
Madeleine Kennedy Macfoy, Researcher
Anita Koroma, Girl Child Network Sierra Leone
Suzanne Harris, Changing the Face of Africa
Mwenya Chimba, BAWSO
Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, Wilbaforce Ltd
Pontso Mafethe, Comic Relief

Where: 24 Greencoat Place, Greencoat Place, London, SW1P 1RD (nearest underground station Victoria). Directions- http://www.greencoatplace.org/location, few mins walk from Westminster Abbey.

How to register: Please complete the Registration form attached and return to events.forward@gmail.com , and make payment through this Eventbrite link (bring your receipt to the conference): http://mobilisingafricanwomen.eventbrite.com

Cost: £15 fully waged, £5 for unwaged and students. http://mobilisingafricanwomen.eventbrite.com

www.forwarduk.org.uk

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