French President’s Senegalese-born press secretary Sibeth Ndiaye

Many agree that Macron owes much of his recent success to the work of Ndiaye – and she will likely continue to play an important role in his term as president.

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Sibeth NDiaye, Macron’s Press Relations Officer. PIcture from glamourparis.com

Source: mg.co.za

37-year-old Sibeth Ndiaye is making a name for herself as the communications advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron. Born in Dakar, she quickly found herself in the world of politics after moving to Paris and becoming involved with the National Union of Students of France (UNEF) while studying health economics at Paris-Sorbonne University. She joined the French Socialist Party in 2002, ultimately becoming the secretary in charge of early childhood.

Although Macron’s wife Brigitte is widely known as his main confidant, Ndiaye was also heavily involved in his PR campaign throughout the election, granting or denying the media access to the presidential candidate for interviews and managing his image in what turned out to be one of the most divisive French elections in recent history. Ndiaye was even ranked ninth out of the fifteen most important personalities who were closest to Macron during his campaign.

In a recent interview with weekly news magazine Jeune Afrique, Ndiaye said she did not officially become a French citizen until June 2016 – and that was

“after a long hesitation.”

When questioned over her status as a role model for young African women who are considering a career in politics, she was reluctant to accept the title.

“I do not see myself as a role model at all. My professional career was built upon encounters with people who trusted me …this leads me to believe that my success is because of my contact with the right people, people who do not see skin color, social origin or education background.”

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Haddy N’jie is the darling of Norway

Haddy Jatou N’jie is a Norwegian singer-songwriter, writer, journalist, TV presenter, charity ambassador, and activist.

Haddy N'jie

Haddy Jatou N’jie the singer-songwriter.

Haddy Jatou N’jie the journalist.

Haddy N'jie

Program leaders Haddy N’jie and Swedish Per Sinding-Larsen present Norway’s history 1814-2014.

 

Haddy Jatou N’jie the TV presenter.

Haddy Jatou N’jie the charity ambassador.

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Haddy N’jie the activist.

Shout, Sister, Shout

Nigger in the woodpile. Say what?

Source: Black Women in Europe™ Social Media Group

A Conservative MP has been suspended from the party after it emerged she used a racist expression during a public discussion about Brexit.

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Ms Morris has been MP for Newton Abbot since 2010

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation  Anne Marie Morris, the MP for Newton Abbot, used the phrase at an event in London to describe the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Don’t believe me? Click on the image below to listen to her say it courtesy of the Huffington Post UK:
nigger

Why in the world would Morris say,

Now we get to the real nigger in the woodpile

when suggesting that just 7% of financial services would be affected by Brexit is beyond me. And apparently beyond the grasp of PM May who acted swiftly saying,

“I immediately asked the chief whip to suspend the party whip,” she said in a statement. “Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.”  (source : BBC) That’s a no-brainer but was a necessary statement and move.

And it didn’t stop there.

Leader Tim Farron said he was “shocked” and called for her to be suspended from the parliamentary party. “This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our Parliament,” he said. (source: BBC)

Now why is this a big deal?  The BBC breaks it down like this:

The phrase originated in the American Deep South in the mid-19th Century and is thought to have referred to slaves having to conceal themselves as they sought to flee north and secure their freedom.

It was subsequently used in the 20th Century – including by a number of leading novelists – as a metaphor to describe a hidden fact or problem.

This is another example why The Black Women in Europe™ Social Media Group non-profit is vital. We face attacks like this daily whether others see or hear them or not. It is not in our heads. It is a reality.

You can support us by making a donation and by submitting the names to contact@bwiesmg.org of organizations across Europe that support black women as we build the most comprehensive directory of its kind.


 

Exclusive discount-Weekend Wellness Retreat: 18-20 August 2017

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A Weekend of Wellness: Relax, Relate, Release!


  • Bore PlaceBore Place RdChiddingstone Kent TN8 7ARUK

Join the OYA team for a weekend away at Bore Place, 500 acres of beautiful fully organic farmland near Sevenoaks in Kent. The retreat will include yoga, mindfulness, activities, vegan meals as well as leisure for exploring, resting and relaxing.

Theme

During the summer months we are often most willing to slow down and take things in. At this retreat, we will provide a space for you to do just that. This retreat is for Black women and women of colour.

In the presence of sisterhood, you will have the opportunity to move and to be still, to read, write and sing, to talk and to listen. This weekend is perfect for you if you desire a short weekend getaway, at which you can enjoy a slower pace and dedicated time for simply getting back to you.

The exact retreat schedule is subject to change and will be released to registered guests closer to the date.

Talks and Treatments

There will be a number of talks and treatments on offer over the course of the weekend. We will update the website with details shortly.

NEW ::: Grounded Movement taught by Shiggi! It’s a free-form movement conversation between our “selves”, our bodies, our nature and each other. Shiggi has taken a fusion of African rooted martial arts – Capoeira, the easily accessible teachings of French created MovNat, alongside her own influences from living and growing up in Kenya to create the Kusongea workshop accessible and nurturing to all who attend.

NEW ::: Kemetic yoga taught by Amani! Egyptian yoga originates from Ancient Kemet, now known as Egypt. It is a restorative system which has unique postures and principles. It combines physical movement, deep breathing and meditation to help achieve balance, peace, order and discipline which is known as Maat.

NEW ::: Reiki treatments with Jaha Browne. She will be offering 25-minute Reiki sessions using crystals and a Tibetan singing bowl to realign your chakras and promote healing.

Treatments will range from deep-tissue massage to Reiki. In the registration form you can indicate if you would like to book a treatment, so that our therapists can be in touch with you directly. Treatment costs are not included in the retreat package price.

Accommodations

Single, twin, and triple occupancy available. Each room is simply decorated. There are shared bath- and shower rooms throughout. One set of bedding and sheets are provided.

Meals

The retreat is fully-catered with vegan and wheat-free delights. On Friday evening a light dinner will be served. On Saturday and Sunday mornings breakfast will be offered after the meditation session. On Saturday, a filling and warm lunch will be served and a light and healthy dinner. On Sunday, guests will receive a light lunch before departing for their journey home.

Travel Information

Arrivals are welcome from 4:00pm on Friday, 18 August. We ask that all guests arrive by 6:00pm so that we can begin the program punctually with a welcome at 6:30pm. On Sunday the 20th all guests should depart by 3pm.

The nearest mainline stations are Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, both about 6 miles away. Edenbridge and Penshurst are nearby. There is also plenty of parking available on site. The closest airport is London Gatwick, which is approximately 22 miles away (45 minutes by car).


Exlcusive discount! Enter “BWE15” when prompted for a promotion code to receive a 15% discount on any package level (triple, double or single), beginning today and valid until August 8th. Read more here.

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Gollywogs spotting in Eastbourne, England

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Looked innocent enough. Little did I know when I walked in they would be selling GOLLYWOGS!!!***!!*!

My heart sank when I spotted them. And suddenly the small gift shop felt even smaller and tight as if all of the air has been sucked out of it when I inwardly gasped. I remained cool though and, in Swedish, asked my Swede to take a picture of the Gollywogs while I continued my I’m just looking lap around the store.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a box of Gollywogs before.

Maybe it was my imagination but it felt like I was invisible, at least no one wanted to let me pass easily as I slinked around the shoppers looking at rows and rows of British beach pier souvenir junk.

Gollywogs
We thought Eastbourne was lovely. It was. I wonder who is buying the Gollywogs, though.

So what do you do when they try to let the Gollywogs get you down? ou hold your head up high and take in the beauty that is around you. And then you go home and blog about it.

 

Gollywogs


 

Women for Women UK

Women For Women International Car Boot Sale

On Saturday 6th May Women for Women International set up shop at the home of London fashion, the Brewer Street Car Park, for a jam-packed afternoon of guilt-free retail therapy. The annual #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale, hosted by Alex Eagle and sponsored by Noor Fares and Venyx, has been dubbed “the most fashionable car boot sale in the world!”

Over 1,200 eager shoppers passed through our doors, picking up exclusive items from leading designers and fashion influencers, including Alex Eagle, Charlotte Olympia, Hikari Yokoyama, MatchesFashion.com, Refinery29 and many more. Bargains included exclusive sample pieces and designer items, with shoppers rummaging through a range of items from floor length dresses to chic t-shirts and accessories.

We are delighted to announce that together London’s most fashionable women and some fabulously fashion-forward men raised over £150,000 at the 2017 #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale! This incredible amount will enable us to empower and support more women, who have been the most deeply affected by war, violence and poverty.

Women for Women UK
Samata is pictured in the middle.

Supporters included Black Women in Europe™ Power Lister Samata Angel.

Alex Eagle, Alexandra Meyers, Alexandra Smet, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Alice Temperley, Anna Foster, Annabel’s, Anoushka, Artbuddies, Bay Garnett, Belma Gaudio, Bespoke Your World, Brides Do Good, Brewer Street Car Park, British Fashion Council, Charlotte Olympia, Charlotte Tilbury, Clara Mercer, Cristina Rossi Photography, CRU Kafe, Cucumba, Curation Wall, Daniela Agnelli, Edeline Lee, Elizabeth Saltzman, Emma Grede, Eugenie Niarchos, Federica Fanari, Fjura, goo.ey, Hemsley and Hemsley, Hikari Yokoyama, Jade Parfitt, Jill DeMasi, Kim Whyte, Kurt Geiger, Lesley O’Mara, Lydia Forte, Malone Souliers, Maria Kastani, Mark Wadhwa, MatchesFashion.com, Max Mara, Mercedes-Benz, Michael Kors, Michelle Lu, Mimma Viglezio, Miranda Almond, Moncler, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Noor Fares, Owa Yurika, Paradise Row, Pippa Vosper, Portas, Prada, PROPERCORN, Quentin Jones, Rainbowwave, Red, Refinery29, Roger Vivier, Samata, Serefim London, Serena Hood, Sibylle Rochat, Simone Rocha, Skinny Dip, Sophia Pasetti, Stella McCartney, Tamara Rothstein, The Braid Bar, The Store, The Store Kitchen, The Vinyl Factory, Tiphaine De Lussy, TOD’s, Valery Demure, Venyx, Vestiaire Collective, W11 Studio, Wendy Yu, Yana Peel, Zara Martin and Zoe Kuipers.


 

Nyansapo Fest – Paris mayor vows to halt black feminist festival, then backtracks

Source: France 24

Nyansapo Fest – Paris mayor vows to halt black feminist festival, then backtracks

It’s an embarrassing turnaround for the mayor who appears to have leapt to the position of far-right groups instead of checking the facts of the situation.

The Nyansapo Fest, which is organised by the Mwasi Collective, is set to take place in northern Paris between 28 and 30 July.

In recent days, the festival organisers have been lambasted by certain social media users– especially those from far-right and white nationalist circles– due to the fact that certain sessions will only be open to black women. On Sunday, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo jumped into the discussion, tweeting that the festival was discriminatory and that she would take firm and immediate action to ban it.

However, only a day later, Hidalgo took to Twitter to announce that the festival would go ahead after all. This prompted ridicule on social media, with the number one hashtag in France stealing a line from her most recent tweet, “Following my firm intervention…”

Festival : à la suite de mon intervention ferme hier auprès des organisateurs, une solution claire a été établie.

“Festival Nyansapo: Following my firm intervention yesterday with organisers, a clear solution was established,” Hidalgo tweeted.

So what happened?

The Nyansapo festival has divided its events into four categories– those open exclusively to black women (which account for 80% of activities), those open to both black women and black men, those open to women of colour and those open to everyone. The majority of events are reserved for black female participants.

The organisers say it is important to restrict access to certain sessions so that black women can engage in open, honest conversations about their unique struggles, without judgement from others.

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