African Diaspora

1st African Diaspora and Continental Women in Leadership Conference

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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

Dates:

April 28th – 30th 2009
Venue:

Georgia World Congress Centre
285 Andrew Young International Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30313

Theme:

Towards meaningful Global Partnership and Dialogue

Brief

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).

Invited Guests

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.

Contact Persons

Eula Clarke
Email: unique118@tiscali.co.uk
Cell Phone: +44 (0) 8453 312 726

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