Story of a lady bike rider and women development: Organizers should go to the roots

Every morning one lady bike rider passes me when my bus gets stuck in the jam on the way to my office. She goes ahead to her destination by driving her Scooty easily and naturally on the wide and narrow spaces on the road as like as a man. Every day when I see her I give her a salute and admire her courage because it is Bangladesh, a moderate Islamic country by the constitution, where a big part of the people do not support from their mind to let the women go out from home for working purposes and open their identity to other men.

Women Advancement Forum - WAF 2014 l May 25-29 2014 l Banjul Gambia


 It is our pleasure to invite you and your nominations to the 3rd Women Advancement Forum taking place in Banjul, Gambia, West Africa: May 25-29, 2014 at Sheraton Hotel Banjul, Gambia.

 Women Advancement Forum (WAF) – is the most attended gender conference.  WAF is a platform which recognizes the obvious fact that women advancement and empowerment is amongst the most outstanding agent to the actualization of millennium development goals (MDGS) and even beyond. Building on the success of the first and second conferences which took place in Berlin, Germany and Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010 and 2013 respectively has the simple goal to create an advanced platform for the formulation of strategic and realistic approach to women socio-economic and political advancement and emancipation. The participants will be drawn from business women and me, entrepreneurs, women in politics, wife of public and political office holders, women advocacy groups, professional/career women, African women in Diaspora amongst others.

 EXHIBITION FEE: (on request).

 The WAF-mdg Awards program recognizes, celebrates, and honors achievements in socio-economic and political empowerment, advancement of women, as well as inspiring and motivating young women/girl-child. This award has a unique value; therefore offers the opportunity to honor distinguished women from Africa and around the world.

 Consider recognizing or nominating a woman today for the 2nd WAF-mdg Award – 2014.

 Subsequently, effective 2014 WAF presents new features:

a.     African Women in Diaspora moment, a special meeting session for business women, politician, and gender advocates of African origin with their counterparts living in Africa. The essence which is to facilitate joint business relationships and partnerships will be a boost towards the sustainability of the gain from WAF/MDGs beyond 2015, and foster the MDG on sustainable global networking and economic partnerships.

 b.     Establishing a market place during the forum through Exhibition opportunity for business women and entrepreneurs is another great gain at the conference. Women economic empowerment without exposure of their business to potentials customers/partners will make no much gain. You are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to establish your gains beyond 2015.

 c.     Road-show against Violence Against Women is an important aspect of the conference you cannot afford to miss. It has become a reoccurring decimal in Africa and around the globe that women are treated with disdain by some male counterparts in different forms and for different unsubstantiated reasons. It has to stop, and the campaign must be carried on even on the streets especially during a conference of this nature that brings together over 250 women from different countries. The maiden match will be in Banjul, Gambia.

 Women Advancement Forum (WAF) is unique and will remain a unique platform for deliberations and formulation of actions plans on MDGs.  It will be moments of inspiration, motivation, empowerment, advancement, emancipation and fun.

 Once again we welcome you to our “Think Gender” forum; expect great things in the city of Banjul at WAF 2014!


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Akili Dada: training underprivileged young women for leadership positions in African society

Akili Dada

Case studies profile Kabissa members that inspire our volunteers and the entire Kabissa community. They are meant to provide Kabissa members with useful learnings and spark ideas and discussion.

In this case study, we tell the story of Akili Dada by highlighting its goal to train underprivileged young women for leadership positions in African society, the vital role that technology plays in its success, and the lessons it has learned in the process of building a network of young women leaders.

The Challenge

Women in civil society in Africa continue to face major hurdles

Women in civil society in Africa are particularly prone to intimidation and harassment says a new report released today (PDF) by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. CIVICUS calls on African governments, regional bodies, the international community and civil society to do much more to protect women human rights defenders on the continent.

On the "Pathway to decent work for women"

This year marks the 100th International Women’s Day on March 8th. The theme for this year is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women”. To celebrate the occasion, Seed of Hope has invited several women, including graduates from the program, to talk at their Nairobi centre and inspire the next generation of students as they undergo the training that will help them on the pathway towards either employment or self-employment.

Gender and ICT in Mali

dear all,

I wanted to share a link to some work that IICD partners have been doing in Mali which I have found truly inspiring. It has been a long and thorough process, and the impact on the women that were brave enough to speak up is significant. it has shown to me again that telling your personal story, however painful, is powerful and liberating. My sincere respect to the women from the Mali Genre & TIC group!

African MDG Achievers International Awards 2011

The NILE African Development organisation (NAD) and African Achievers International Award (AAIA) Team wishes to invite everyone to start nominating for the 2011 African MDG Achievers International Awards.

The African MDG Achievers International Awards is a not for profit program managed by The NILE African Development organisation a not-for-profit organisation. The awards mission is to generate greater understanding of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to galvanize public support for their achievement, and to honor exceptional efforts to achieve the goals.

Making progress towards the Millenium Development Goals requires a human rights approach

‘We will make more progress if we take a human rights approach”, Mary Robinson, The Elders.

As the UN reports that only half of countries are on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Mary Robinson, Graça Machel, Gro Brundtland, Ela Bhatt and Martti Ahtisaari support the Every Human Has Rights campaign and call for freedom from poverty as a human right.


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