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The African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) is set to inaugurate the AWLO Ikot Ekepene Chapter on 3rd October 2020, at the Martha Udom Emmanuel Women Development Center Ikot Ekpene.
African Women in Leadership Organisation started as West African Women in Leadership Conference at Accra Ghana in 2009. It has gained a continent wide adoption, since the 2010 African Women in Leadership Conference held in Abuja. Where women conferees reached a resolution; to send a strong delegation to the national offices of the political parties, and use the national women rally on 21-22 June 2010 to make a strong point for the enforcement for the 35% Affirmative Action for Women.
In the past 10 years, the organization has continued its women’s leadership advocacy. Through the bi-annual African Women in Leadership Conference held in Africa and the Disapora. In 2015, the AWLO Chapters framework began, to provide a structure to reach women locally for leadership development.
As the heartbeat of AWLO, a chapter is a support system- women building networks. The AWLO Founder, Dr. Elisha Attai often recounts the history of AWLO,
“As I was going about my business of media as a Consultant and Content Producer for Mnet I spotted a rare need for women to be instrumental to each other’s success, as a means to attain leadership.I looked around me at board meetings and they were only a handful of women. More glaring to me, was the fact that the women who made it through the door were only committed to keeping those behind the door there. I think for once it didn’t occur to them that success was a function of building networks and support systems. A habit for the men.”
In addition to providing a support system, AWLO provides members with capacity building programs, opportunities to take the lead and be the change in their community, and positions women for global relevance. It creates a global bridge to global stakeholders, and fosters inclusive decision making, and actions towards gender equality. As a support system, AWLO serves as the bridge to the next generation with the Youth Council (youth wing of a chapter) as a mechanism for leadership succession planning.
“The African Women in Leadership Organisation is my legacy, for the women”. say AWLO Founder; Dr. Elisha Attai. As he takes a new Chapter to his hometown, Ikot Ekpene, he will be joined by Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel; the First Lady of Akwa Ibom State (Mother of the Day). AWLO Ikot Ekepene Chapter becomes the second in Akwa Ibom State, making it the first State to have two Chapters.
Other dignitaries who will be attending are Mrs. Mfon Usoro; Secretary General, Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Union, Guy Murray Bruce; President, Silverbird Group, Lagos, Mr. Ephraim Akparawa Inyang-Eyen; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Akwa Ibom State.
Here’s the event program
The African Women’s Role in the emerging Global Digital Workforce Workshop, was held on 2nd September 2020.
The workshop was attended by 70 participants from Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Saint Kitts, and United States. It was moderated by Selina Bentoom; a Human Capital Development Expert, with Digital Experts; Atai Albert and Richard George from USA, as resource persons.
At the end of the session, some of the adopted solutions were:
- Investment and collaboration.
The African government, private sector, educational sector, and the host of other stakeholders; need to collaborate on investing in infrastructure that is easily available and reliable. This will open up Africa to employment, wealth creation, and growth of the gross domestic product of each African nation.
- Work virtualization and remote access
Africa needs adequate, and functional infrastructure to work from home. Policy makers should put in place a flexible system to help women with children undertake learning.
- Business Transformation
In order to transform businesses, a basic assessment of business needs must be carried out, to identify the distinctive technological capabilities to be employed to various business units. Africa must run data driven businesses and economy.
- Policy-making and Advocacy
There must be aggressive mitigation, advocacy and sensitization to drive technology and digital access. The right policy formulation and environment, and extreme prioritization, will continue to increase access to technology.
Read more in the Communique
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 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.
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.
Ms. Theodora Ayeni
AWLO IYD 2020 Host & AWLO Nigeria Youth Council President
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.
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