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AWLO Rape Sensitization Tour

The AWLO Ikot Ekpene Chapter, being moved with compassion concerning the high incidence of rape in surrounding communities, and across Nigeria, took on a rape sensitization tour.

The tour took place on Friday 20th August, 2020 from 10am to 2pm, across communities within Ikot Ekpene Sanatorial District, Akwa Ibom State. From villages in the Ukpom and Ibiaku communities in Ikono, to Ini Local Government Areas.

The mission of the sensitization tour, was to urge participants to ‘Say No To Rape’. Through shedding light, on the harmfulness of rape, pain to victims, and position of the law on sexual violence offence (including life sentence).

Participants included, villagers of all age groups and gender. And sessions were indoors and outdoors – junctions and bustops. Sensitization sessions were on; causes of rape, consequences and effect of rape on victims, experiences of rape victims, and finally rape and the law.

Participants were strongly urged to desist from acts of sexual violence. Mrs Blessing Whenshall who is a Police Officer explained the legal implications of sexual violence. Especially at Ini Local Government Area, known to have high prevalence of rape. The AWLO Ikot Ekpene Chapter team was led by the Coordinator; Mrs. Emem Ukpong, others on her team were the Public Relations Officer; Mary Ekpo, and Mrs. Imaobong Dick.

The feedback from the total of 200 participants in attendance proved the sessions to be enlightening. As they promised to share their experiences, expose acts of sexual violence, and take the message of “Say No To Rape” to their churches and community.

At the core, AWLO is advancing the status and leadership of women. And is at the fore front of creating awareness on ‘women rights as human rights’. Therefore, enabling women to attain their full potential as equal human beings.


The Women Executives and Potential Leaders Symposium Report

The Women Executives and Potential Leaders Symposium is an annual initiative by the African Women In Leadership Organization Cameroon Chapter. To bring together female leaders; to discuss, learn, and share perspectives. Concerning key thematic areas, for the growth of women and female leadership.

The first edition of the symposium held on the 22nd August 2020 in Yaoundé, on the theme; Women leaders: working together to Achieve Innovative Performance.

The Symposium brought together female leaders from public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The goal was to learn, share and build capacity, to develop innovative strategies for the improvement of female leadership, build problem solving skills, and organisational productivity.

The program was led by Mrs. Yenwo Bertha, President of the African Women in Leadership Organization (AWLO) Cameroon. It is a strategy to reinforce the organization’s commitment to empowering women, and mitigating the challenges of female leadership in Cameroon.

This was further buttressed in a deliberation, and development of a Policy Declaration, on Cameroon Women Leaders Innovative Performance in Public, Private and Non-profit Sector.

It brought together highly successful and budding female leaders to discuss key issues, in line with women leaders working together, innovation, productivity and Performance.

It went further to bridge the divide between older successful female leaders, and the younger female leaders. This is to be achieved through an annual intergenerational mentorship. It will not only to promote intergenerational collaboration, but sustainability of female leadership in Cameroon.

Download the full report on The Women Executives and Potential Leaders Symposium here.


AWLO 2020 International Youth day Report

AWLO 2020 International Youth day Commemoration was a  gathering of young leaders across 15 countries around the world; who are enthusiastic about repositioning, for better, and effective, global engagement and action.

It is our hope that this global movement of leadership solutions, sparked up by our conversations, stay with our young leaders. That they will take on positive actions, and be the change in their community.

The AWLO Youth Council as a global support system of young leaders, continues to assure support to young female leaders, as they implement and practice the lessons and values from the sessions.

The AWLO 2020 International Youth day saw the adoption of action points captured from sessions and seasoned contributions by Dr. Elisha Attai, AWLO Founder, Chief Osasu Igbinedion; Matron/Mentor AWLO Global Youth Council, and Mrs. Maureen Omeibe; Dean AWLO Executive Council.

Youth Leaders/Speakers were Ms. Ngwi, Favor, AWLO Cameroon Youth Council President, Ms. Christiana Futela; AWLO Duala Youth Council Coordinator, Ms. Linda Njoku; AWLO Rivers Youth Council Coordinator, Ms. Shadee Keturah; AWLO Sierra Leone Youth Council President. Other keynotes were delivered by Mr. Keorapetse Kalaote, Mrs. Zyna Obasi, Ms. Kadijatu Ahene, AWLO Arizona Chapter Coordinator & Hon. Mrs. Eunice Thomas; Former State Commissioner of Women Affairs, Nigeria.

Find here the adopted Action Points of AWLO IYD 2020 and watch sessions on Youtube

Ms. Theodora Ayeni
AWLO IYD 2020 Host & AWLO Nigeria Youth Council President


Communiqué on De-Culturing Rape in Africa and Finding effective solutions for Victims

On the 3rd of July 2020, African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), held the second of its rape series – a virtual town-hall meeting on De-culturing Rape in Africa. With Alibaba Akpobome, Chika Nya-etok, and Dr. Yewande Austin, moderated by Prof Uduak Archibong.

With increasing violation of rights of women and girls, AWLO under the leadership of Dr. Elisha Attai, continues to leverage its Community of global thought leaders and experts to provide resources, tools, and policy recommendations to end sexual violence.

This Communiqué therefore captured the contributions of private and public sector leaders, on the African continent and the African diaspora.

African Women in Leadership Organisation is a non-for-profit organization,
advancing African Women’s Leadership globally.

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Appraising the Culture of Rape in Africa

In line with the objectives of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), a virtual town-hall meeting was held on Appraising the Culture of Rape: Delivering a Sustainable Solution to a Crisis, on 10th June 2020,

Below is a Communique that captures highlights of the conversation, and collective input of 100 Private and Public Sector Leaders from Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and United States.

This digital convocation was moderated by Prof. Uduak Archibong, MBE; Director Center for Inclusion and Diversity University of Bradford. It had in attendance high level leaders and resource persons including Dame Julie Okah-Donli, Director of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Nigeria; H.E. Amb. Arikana Chihombori-Quao MD, former African Union Ambassador to the United Nation; H.E. Seriake Dickson, former Governor of Bayelsa State, Nigeria; H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, First Lady of Sierra Leone, and H.E. Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice President of Liberia.

African Women in Leadership Organisation is a non-for-profit organization for the advancement of African Women’s Leadership globally. In furtherance of our objectives, the town-hall was held to call for sustainable solutions in rape advocacy. A post-webinar deliverable is a manifesto signed by African Leaders for action against rape.

Download Communique here, and watch youtube video


AWLO Webinar with H.E. Fatima Maada Bio

On Wednesday 27th May, 2020, the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) convened a webinar on the theme ‘Using the Power of Your Voice to Change the Society’ with H. E. Fatima Maada Bio First Lady of Sierra Leone. It was Moderated from the United Kingdom by Ms. Nonye Omotola, the webinar had in attendance more than eighty (80) participants from different parts of the globe.

Download Communique here, and watch youtube video


AWLO Webinar: Women in the Frontline in Crisis Time

On Wednesday 6th May, 2020, the African Women in Leadership Organisation AWLO Webinar was a panel discussion on the theme ‘Women in the Frontline in Crisis Time: Rethinking Impact and the Challenges of Leadership’.

The virtual panel was attended by up to eighty-one (81) participants from Africa, North America, Europe and Asia. Moderated by Prof. Uduak Archibong MBE of the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, the panel discussion expanded discourse on the sociology of women participation in leadership at different levels and sectors, namely the media, the arts, politics, family and at personal levels.

Panelists were Osasu Igbinadion, Anze Mofor, Guy Murray-Bruce, Yiling Li.

Download Communique here


Remaining Resilient through Crisis and Changes with Jewel Howard-Taylor

In line with the objectives of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), it held a town-hall meeting on 13th May 2020.

Facilitated by the Founder of AWLO, Dr. Elisha Attai, this was an opportunity to build trust and confidence in the AWLO community; as they converse with an African woman in leadership, to build resilience through the changing times. The town hall was held in conversation with Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor; Vice President of Liberia.

African Women in Leadership Organisation is a non-for-profit organization for the advancement of African Women’s Leadership globally. In furtherance of our objectives, is the facilitation of high level meetings, for inclusive decision making; towards the development of African Women, and the region.

The areas of focus of the meeting were, women’s peacebuilding and justice, leveraging crisis and adversity, and women channeling their voices for equitable institutions. In all, anchoring resilience in diverse context; be it sociopolitical or socioeconomic.

The Communique therefore captures highlights of the conversation, and collective input of 80 Private and Public Sector Leaders from Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and United States. This digital convocation was moderated by Prof. Uduak Archibong, MBE; Director Center for Inclusion and Diversity University of Bradford, UK.

Download communique here, and watch youtube video


Creating the Africa We Want with Arikana Chihombori-Quao

H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao Virtual Dialogue With Leaders on Creating the Africa We Want; was hosted by AWLO, on the 24th of April 2020. This was in line with the objectives of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO).

African Women in Leadership Organisation is a non-for-profit organization for advancing African Women’s Leadership globally. In furtherance of our objectives, is the facilitation of high level meetings, for consultations, and inclusive decision making; for the development of African Women, and the region.

Creating the Africa We Want was a strategic meeting on the work of HE Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao and her organization African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI); to provide inclusive opportunities in the development of Africa, and leverage resources for the Her Excellency’s developmental aspirations. It’s focus was majorly on the role of the African Diaspora in such development efforts.

The Communique on Creating the Africa We Want hereby captures deliberations, and collective input of Leaders from Private Sector and Public Sector present. It also specifically highlights the efforts of ADDI in the development of Africa and the organization’s call to action.

This communique contains collective inputs of Leaders and does not represent the opinion of African Women in Leadership Organisation.

Download Communique here and Watch on YouTube


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.


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