Mobilising African Women in the Diaspora – FORWARD Conference

On Saturday, 6th April, I’ll be joining a host of inspiring speakers (see below) to address the matter of ‘Mobilising African Women in the Diaspora: Creating a movement for African women’s leadership, rights and development’.  The conference is hosted by FORWARD UK and will take place between 10.30am-6.30pm at Greencoat Place.

If you would like to attend, complete the registration form which can be found here and return to , and make payment through this Eventbrite link. Cost: £15 fully waged, £5 for unwaged and students.

Hope to see you there!


About the conference:

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.


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 on we ask 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.


Speakers/Workshop Facilitators:

Chair: Seri WendohIPPF

Soheir Elneil, FORWARD Chair

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 SowMake Every Woman Count


Patricia LamourAspire Education Group

Barbara KasumuElevation Network

Marie-Claire Faray-KeleWomen’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF)

madeleine kennedy-macfoy, Researcher

Anita KoromaGirl Child Network Sierra Leone

Suzanne HarrisChanging the Face of Africa

Mwenya ChimbaBAWSO

Jennifer Williams-BaffoeWilbaforce Ltd

Pontso MafetheComic Relief



  • Carolyn Moon

    This will truly be a successful conference. I so wish I could attend!!
    Please keep those of who are there in spirit apprised of the highlights of the conference in your future posts if you’re inclined to do so. :-)

  • MsAfropolitan

    Thanks Carolyn! I will do.