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The life of an AWLO Member: Leku Slyvie Nakou

  • Give us a detailed biography about yourself stating what you do, the challenges faced and success stories

I am Leku Slyvie Nakou, a passionate volunteer whose assignment on earth is to ensure love and harmony through listen to the plights of her community and looking for possible ways to solve them, Also an agripreneur who is out to solve the problem of unemployment and to boost the economy of my country through empowering women, girls, and farmers. I faced so many challenges because my community didn’t believe in me and what I could do as a woman living with a disability. Yet I didn’t give up on the vision. I would walk from door to door rendering my service either to help make manure out of their waste as HYSACAM (a company that collects waste) was not coming in our community yet. Moreover, they would refuse. I would organize free training on waste management, some on food transformation and inform them but no one would show up. Nevertheless, my brains kept on working and I decided to invite the youths for an educative talk and few of them came. But I said to myself ”Sylvie this is the beginning of greater achievement”. And I have been able to organize training, talks to empower the youths and women.

Leku Slyvie Nakou, Member of the AWLO Youth Council Cameroon
  • Do you have a morning routine? Tell us about it.

Every morning, I always do my morning devotion, immediately after it I plan my day and I arrange my bed and take a bath, set to confront any vibes during the day because I’m well-armed.

  • What is the favorite part of your routine?

I love my morning devotion because it inspires me to plan my day and it helps me accomplish whatever I had planned to do.

  • What are your personal mission and vision statement?

My mission is to educate youths especially young girls to have a patriotic spirit and self-value. My vision is to create a world of equity where women especially those living with disabilities are no longer relegated at the periphery but they have equal opportunities as theirs of men, can speak without any prejudice, and their rights are respected.

  • What is your typical day like?

My typical day is putting a smile on someone’s face and giving them hope for a better tomorrow.

  • Mention 2 people you spend time with on most days and why?

My Mum Florence and my best friend Flora, they are always ready to listen to me without judging me. And they always make me surpass all oaths and limits because they always support and trust that I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.

My Mummy and I
  • Where is your favorite/ inspirational place? Why?

When I’m standing in front of the mirror. When I see who I am and the great potentials I have, I always say to myself

“I need to impact the world”.

  • Would you say you have become more empowered since you joined AWLO and how

Yes, I have, AWLO teaches something new every day and when I apply it to my life, it makes me more empowered and stronger. For instance, AWLO is the first women-led organization where men are not left behind, but instead, we work hand in glove with them, and this has helped me in my activities.

  • What is your personal contribution towards closing the gender equality gap?

I’m also working with youths because I believe that boys and girls need to be cautious and be aware of their social responsibilities so as to see the role they have to play in each other’s life

  • Who is our favorite colleague member and why?

Kim Farrelle, She is always available when I need and she also loves what I’m doing and encourages and gives me advice as well.

  • Favorite book and why?

“Afrika Ba’a” by Remy Gilbert Medou, I love this book because it shows that we have the power to change the world if we stop blaming others and start to build what we want to see in the world.

My favorite book
  • What have you done that you are most proud of?

I’m proud of assisting women and girls with information about their health and helping them with business ideas for the sustainability of their livelihood.


African Women in Leadership Conference- Sierra Leone 2020 Theme: Women, Peacebuilding, and Environment

The African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) announces and invites members of the global community to her 12th Annual African Women in Leadership Conference (AWLC). With more than a decade-long history of impact, holding the reins of women’s leadership, the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) continues to unlock new doors to African women and African American women’s leadership advancement.

Every year, stakeholders build workforces to deliver gender parity, as a result of AWLC’s impact in the private sector, public sector, and civil society engagement. While also building bridges for dialogue between women and stakeholders, AWLC creates capacity building opportunities to engage women as primary stakeholders.in the advancement of women’s leadership.

After a highly engaging 2019 African Women in Leadership Conference at Kigali Rwanda marked by the support of the Government of Rwanda, Sierra Leone is set to host the 12th edition of the African Women in Leadership Conference. The aim is to confer and galvanize action towards creating the rubric for peace-building while maximizing the environment to advance women’s potential.

AWLC Sierra Leone 2020 shall call for Paper presentations from Academics, Researchers, Corporations, NGOs and Public entities. As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact.
AWLO engages in work to support the UN Women’s mission and promote corporate Sustainability through the ten Principles. Conference Sessions will highlight concerns on the environment, and the
impact of its exploitation on women, and the assets that are women in playing pivotal roles in peacebuilding. It assesses the potential impacts of multi-sectoral collaborations in mapping, negotiating and navigating the future of Women already facing the threats of environmental and climate change and multiple forms of violence, globally.

I consider it a privilege to stir a movement, calling on people of all genders to work in togetherness for changing the narrative of gender relations and social balance. This is the tenets on which AWLC is built – cultivating togetherness towards advancing women’s leadership. There is nothing like when we contribute towards deepening the global vision of sustainable development”, says Dr. Elisha Attai, Founder of the African Women in Leadership Organisation.

The Chief Host of the African Women in Leadership Conference Sierra Leone 2020, Her Excellency the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Bio, says To empower the woman is to empower her immediate and larger society for the greater good.

Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio, First Lady of Sierra Leone.

For her this is a proud moment, to participate in forging new gender narratives in Africa, as she puts it that “Pushing the envelope for women liberation in corporate, social and political engagements as well as their stability and collective progress is the way to go at this time”.

AWLO welcomes international delegates of all genders, and all works of life, from all parts of the world to African Women in Leadership Conference Sierra Leone 2020. It holds from 2nd to 5th April 2020 at the Freetown International Conference Centre, Bintumani, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Call for participation and paper presentations open soon.


The life of an AWLO Member: NCHOTU MILLIYCENT

  • Give us a detailed biography about yourself stating what you do, the challenges faced and success stories.

I am Nchotu Milliycent Ngwe, holder of a bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies and the creative director of N&M beading perfection. From the North West Region of Cameroon the Bafut sub division Mezam division. 
I am into beading accessories like bags necklaces. sandals and more. this art business started when I was still in the university and upon graduation, I decided to continue since I do have a passion for it. It’s been challenging especially when I was in school I had to work while schooling also one of the most difficult parts of being into the arts of beading is getting quality material because I have but from Kenya and getting them to Cameroon is always very expensive.  My success stories are enormous. through beading, I have been able to teach other people especially young girls who are running the same business and doing well for themselves. I have been privileged to partner with Non-governmental organizations like the Economy of Communion, She’skild, The International Dynamic Oroko Women, youth parliamentarians of Cameroon and a host of others. Together we thought young girls and boys the skill of beading and most especially thought young displaced women and girls from the part of Cameroon that’s affected by the ongoing crisis (North West and southwest region). seeing these people been able to assist themselves financially is the success stories I can say i achieved.  

Nchotu Milliycent Ngwe, Member of AWLO Youth Council Cameron
  • Do you have a morning routine? Tell us about it

 My morning routine is prayers thanking my God is something I do not miss out on the rest activities follow on any order.

  • What is the favorite part of your routine?

The favorite part of my day is when am creating new designs. 

Some of my designs
  • What is your typical day like?

My daily life as an entrepreneur is quite simple because I often spend my time working to either satisfy clients or am out of town teaching.  So it’s not really a routine as such because every activity is been carried out depending on how important it is.

  • What are your personal mission and vision statement ?

My personal mission statement for my life is to reach for the top, learn more skills and empower myself more so I can in return impact those around me. And also strive to grow my beading business worldwide. Have a wider market and impact more lives positively. 
  I see myself and my business in the future to be worldwide recognized for its quality products and for my service to humanity because I do not intend to stop my humanitarian activities. 

  • Mention 2 people you spend time with on most days and why?

 I do usually spend more time at home with my sister and my mum. they usually help me do some of my work and at times give in ideas which i can use to bring out new designs.

  • Would you say you have become more empowered since you joined AWLO and how?

I have become more empowered since I joined AWLO because I have learned leadership skills and developed myself through our monthly leadership training program. AWLO has made me have many more opportunities to empower other people through our numerous activities carried out by our AWLO Youth Council. 

  • Who is our favorite colleague member and why?

My favorite colleagues are Lucho Joycelyn and Martin Tiku. Joycelyn and I always have something new to teach one another and Tiku usually hooks me up to projects that give me money and also makes me do what I love best.

  • Favorite book and why?

  I don’t have a favorite book because am not much of a book reading person but that which i actually enjoyed was “poor dad rich dad ” it made me see the need for financial dependence not looking to be employed by someone but trying to create more ways to let money work for you.

“Learn to resist self-doubt ,fear and laziness”. 

My Favorite Book
  • What have you done that you are most proud of?

I am proud of the woman I am so far and that woman is still working to become a positive influencer. mentor and humanitarian.  I am proud of the fact that I see myself helping people in community and country putting smiles on faces.  Giving them hope when they thought all was lost. 
   

Thank you for reaching out to me and I pray this inspires many more people to selflessly devote themselves to humanity.


AWLO-500 CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP

African Women in Leadership Organisation in partnership with Justina Ovat Foundation set to create empowerment opportunities for 500 women in Niger-Delta Region and Others

While women make up a large population of the Nation, women’s economic participation is comparably low. A World bank’s 2019 research, shows that Nigerian women’s under-participation in economic activities stems from cultural factors, namely; gender-specific roles. The WEF’s 2018 gender-gap report also corroborates that the gender pay gap is a resultant of women’s considerable participation in unpaid tasks. Overall there is an incidence of 77.1% gap in women’s economic participation and opportunities, making it the area with the highest gender-gap incidence followed by Political participation.

The African Women in Leadership Organisation’s (AWLO) participation in the 2018 UN Women’s empowerment principles forum, saw it adopting resolutions to form its 2019 scope of work with the theme- Empowered for Sustainability. Thus, channeling the forum’s resolutions for long-lasting empowerment solutions.

The AWLO-500 Capacity-building Workshop, as a result, is an effective economic empowerment initiative with the goal of key women into opportunities; for upscaling their skills to gain empowerment in areas of decision-making, enterprise building and financial asset control.

The workshop targets 500 women and will be a prerequisite for post-workshop opportunities namely; cooperative membership, access to resourceful business community, routine business mentorship, ready-market opportunities, and funding. AWLO is collaborating with the Justina Ovat Foundation to deliver the workshop in Cross River State. Justina Ovat Foundation is a not-for-profit Entrepreneurship, Employability and Enterprise Development organization that delivers innovative, high-quality solutions for the development and growth of people who are independent of government but are core contributors to the commonwealth of their communities.

Dr. Elisha Attai; the Founder of African Women in Leadership Organisation noted that the backbone of the organization is “to harness the synergies of alliance and create an empowering platform for women”. Hence the end goal of the workshop is to build an industrious community of women that will maximize the leverage of AWLO to get funding, assets, mentorship, and e-marketplace for their businesses. This he said will be achieved via post-workshop activities, and will help AWLO achieve its vision of a continent with women who are home and nation builders with equal access and opportunities.

He conveyed the backing of the management, while commending the AWLO General Manager; Ms. Ekemini Akpakpan; for ideating the initiative, and being an organizational builder, saying “She has gone a step further to build the right partnerships, and we are currently in the middle of plans to launch the most impactful economic empowerment experience for women”. According to him, the program first aims at creating a beneficial membership experience for AWLO Members targeting a minimum of 200 AWLO members in Nigeria.

AWLO is collaborating with Justina Ovat Foundation for the AWLO-500 Workshop; to effectively reach women of the Niger-Delta Region for a substantial impact, local participation, and local content. The Founder of the Justina Ovat Foundation; Mrs. Justina Ovat, who is passionate about Human capital Development and the project, said, “ Human capital development is at the core of JO Foundation. We are hinged on impacting and connecting with a new generation of smart, ambitious African women and it is a delight to be hosting the AWLO-500 capacity building workshop in collaboration with the African Women in Leadership Organization, come December.“

The AWLO-500 Capacity building workshop holds on 14th December 2019 at Tinapa Calabar for women who own small businesses, need access to subsidized loans, grants and the necessary tools to grow their business. It is also for women who have skills to transform into businesses, want to start businesses, or are in paid employment but want a side hustle. There will be post-workshop opportunities for women in production businesses. These are women in Agri-businesses, merchandize production and sales, Craftwork, Textile & Fashion, Product manufacturing, and others.

The one-day workshop will be providing practical business lessons in the areas of business set-up and growth, finances, leadership, and management. Onsite activities include Exhibitions, Skills Acquisition Booths, Business Set-up Unit, Business Resource Corner, Free Cooperative Registration, Networking Lunch, and others.

The AWLO-500 Registration portal opens on October 14th, 2019 via www.awlo.org/500. More details coming soon. AWLO Induction Dinner for new members also holds the following day – 15th December 2019 at Transcorp Hilton Calabar.


AFRICAN WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ORGANISATION HEFORSHE SUMMIT

The African Women in Leadership Organisation HeForShe Summit held at the Sheraton Hotels, Lagos on the 25th of July 2019. It was a confluence of 200 men, women leaders and stakeholders from African countries and the Diaspora.

Prof. Uduak Archibong, Mark Garratt and Mr. Peter Thomas
HRH Dr. Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar

The summit started with an impressive keynote and graduated into plenary sessions, goodwill messages, presentations and discussions. The theme of the summit was: A Pledge to Gender Parity. According to Dr. Elisha Attai – the summit convener and AWLO Founder, “the UN intended the HeForShe to be an invitation for people of all genders to ensure gender parity. To create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality. The men of HeForShe are not on the sidelines. They are working together to ensure gender parity, build businesses, raise families, and give back to their communities.”Some of the stakeholders in attendance were; HRH Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar, AWLO President – Dr.Violet Arene, Professor Uduak Archibong – Professor of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Bradford, Mr. Peter Thomas – British Deputy Head of Mission(Special Guest of Honor), Mark Garratt – Director of External Affairs, University of Bradford, Kufre Ekanem, Arc Ezekiel Nya-Etok FNIA, the Principal Partner of Novone Consult, Yewande Austin – Social Activist and honorary U.S Cultural Ambassador, Gilbert Ewehmeh – Founder and Managing Director YES CAMEROON, Hon Samuel Ikon – Serial Entrepreneur, Oluyemi Odubote CEO and Founder of the ImeyReach Solutions Consult, Henry Ukeni Daniel-Elebiga JP – Consultant, Hon Temba Mliswa – Independent Member of the Parliament Zimbabwe , Fatima Ada Ishiaku, Dr Favour Ayodele – Convener of the Third Force Form, Ubong King – Chairman of Protection Plus Service Limited, Mr. Churchill Udoh – CEO Westgate LifeCare, Maureen Omeibe – Executive Director Degab Groups Limited and AWLO Dean of Coordinators.

Dr. Violet Arene, President of AWLO


At the summit, a communique was developed that captures discussions and input of thought leaders, and stakeholders towards gender parity.

Click below to view the communique.


#Nowomannovote unveiled on International Day of the Girl Child

The 11th of October 2018 the world over, was to mark the International day of the girl child. A day dedicated to creating awareness on issues facing girls internationally, such as education, nutrition, child marriage, legal and medical rights.

The issues of inequality faced by the girl child cannot be ignored therefore AWLO marked the International day of the girl child by aligning with other organizations to initiate a campaign that is geared towards increasing the representation of women in leadership.

The #NoWomanNoVote Campaign led by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa in partnership with the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) is to ignite women’s participation in politics. The Campaign is targeted at; creating awareness and mobilization of citizens to vote-in credible and viable women in subsequent elections, checkmating the gross exploitation of Women before, during and after Campaigns by Political Systems, To Provide a Support system in terms of Education, Funding and Mobilization to Women Who are Contesting for Elective Positions and involve young ladies in the electoral process.

According to INEC, although women constitute 49 per cent of Nigeria’s voting population, the national average in female representation is 6.7 per cent.

In 2015, eight female Senators, 20 House of Representatives members and six female Deputy Governors who had joint tickets with male gubernatorial candidates were elected.

Nigeria’s national average of 6.7 per cent in female representation was in contrast to the global average of 22.5 per cent in 2018. Global statistics for gender parity indicate that in 2015, out of 188 countries, Nigeria was 152nd in the Human Development Index on Gender Inequality and 118th of 192 countries in 2017.

At a press Briefing held for the #Nowomannovote Campaign to mark the International day of the Girl Child, the stakeholders further revealed plans for the campaign. Plans to initiate awareness activities in various zones of the country, sensitization workshops on electoral processes for women, Dialogue with Political stakeholders at the grassroot level, and youth involvement.

In attendance at the #Nowomannovote Press Conference were Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, African Women in Leadership Organization represented by the Dean of Coordinators; Mrs. Maureen Omeibe and other women and grass root organizations.

Also in attendance were, Dr Chinyere C Okpe; Director of National Crisis Control Foundation, Chief Mrs. Scholastica Ezuma (JP), Chief Mrs Ada Ame; Founder and Global Convener Adorable Women International Foundation, Mrs Regina Chris Ogbodo; Head Nigerian Women in Media Lagos Chapter and other women Leaders.

The day of the girl child is of utmost importance because it is a day the world should evaluate the progress towards making a safe and progressive environment for the girl child. Here is to kickstarting a conversation to involve women in leadership and foster a thriving environment for women to emerge as political leaders. This is what the #NoWomanNoVote Campaign intends to achieve, and in the coming weeks more plans will unfold.

Here are official photos from the #Nowomannovote Press Conference:

 


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