Women Advancement Forum in The Gambia


The 2014 Women Advancement Forum holds in The Gambia. Olufunso Amosun, first lady of Ogun State, Nigeria, will be among the first lady participants at the event

OLUFUNSO Amosun, first lady of Ogun State, Nigeria, will join other first ladies in Africa to participate in this year’s Women Advancement Forum, WAF, holding in Banjul, The Gambia, between May 25 and 29. Other first ladies who will be at the WAF are Zineb Jammeh of The Gambia, Isatou Njie Saidy, vice president, The Gambia, Sia Koroma, Republic of Sierra Leone, and Marieme Faye Sall, Republic of Senegal. Almas Jiwani, president, UN Women (National Committee) Canada, and Peter Metcalfe, president, Foundation for the Development of Africa, FDA, will also be at the WAF.

Women Advancement Forum, Africa’s most attended gender conference, has, for three years, consistently made its foot print indelible as a formidable platform for deliberations and formulation of affirmative issues affecting the advancement, empowerment, and sustainable approach to motivating and inspiring women of Africa. Since 2010, WAF has become the annual rallying point for women of different race and age, on issues regarding women’s economic empowerment in business and global partnerships.

At the 2014 WAF, more than 30 men and women in leadership roles are expected to deliver inspirational lectures on gender advancement and empowerment. More than 500 participants including ambassadors, women in  business and entrepreneurs, and other professionals are expected at the event which aims at taking affirmative stand on issues on millennium development goals, MDGs,  empowering the woman, and giving the world a future beyond MDGs.

There will also be WAF-MDG and WAF Tribute Awards which provide the opportunity to honor distinguished women and men from Africa and around the world with awards to be given at a special Award/Charity gala night.

The WAF provides participants the opportunity to develop high level strategic network and business contacts, get introduced to the premium circles of business, politics and professionals of African women.  There is also an exhibition through which women can promote their product.  Confirmed exhibits are successful made-in-Africa products and services developed for African women, dresses made from African fabrics, cosmetics and beauty products, and business brands for franchise etc.

Aisha Ibrahim, global convener of Women in Logistics and Transport, WiLAT, speaking on the lunching of The Gambia chapter of Women in Logistics and Transport at WAF 2014, said that the forum is a welcome trend which will go a long way to address the issue of global partnerships among women. Women in Logistics and Transport, South Africa, was formed and launched at the WAF 2013.

— May 12, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT

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