3rd Anniversary contest to thank you for supporting the Women of the African Diaspora (WAD) Website

Whether you have been with us for 3 years or are a recent reader, Sandra and I appreciate your support of the Women of the African Diaspora website, Facebook group and Facebook page. WAD was created to inspire black women around the world by highlighting our up and coming writers, artists, entrepreneurs, as well as sharing relevant news.

Our anniversary sponsors have made it possible to reward you for your loyalty delivering the following gifts to you. All of our readers have a chance to win. Where you live will determine your eligibility. Please note geographical delivery restrictions in parenthesis.

| Books: |
Secrets of Kept Women” by Shani Greene-Dowdell (US resident)
Reflections of Light for Daily Living” by Dr. Tiffany Brown (US resident)
Knocked Down by Life, Lifted Up by Faith” by Adrienne Mynatt with companion CD and t-shirt (no geographical limitation)
1 of 5 copies of "This Far By Faith", a faith anthology by Arnita Fields (no geographical limitation)
1 of 2 copies of “When Light Breaks Through” by Melanie Carter (no geographical limitation)
Behind Those Hills” by M.H.A. Menondji (no geographical limitation)

| Smart phone applications: |
Reflections of Light for Daily Living by Dr. Tiffany Brown (no geographical limitation)

| Mug: |
"So Blessed" from Good News Distributors (US resident)

| Food: |
Twee culinaire arrangementen voor twee personen op locatie bij màrshé Breda. De winnaars kunnen kiezen uit de diverse dagschotels from Marshe Breda (the Netherlands)

| Coaching: |
Een gratis coaching sessie voor een twee (startende) onderneemster bij Màrshé Women Business centre from Marshe Breda (the Netherlands)

| Website, domain name and hosting: |
A basic web site (10 pages), a domain name (for example www.yourname.com), but not country domains e.g .nl or.de.; the general names like .com .net) and web hosting for one year from Jumbo Servers (no geographical limitation)

| Hair care: |
72 euro gift package along with an individualized hair plan from Mariposa Imports (anywhere outside North America)

| Radio interview: |
Become a special guest on the Uncaged Birds™ Radio Show! Uncaged Birds™ is a knowledge, confidence, and skill-building personal development radio series created by Trina Roach, especially for women of African descent living and working in Europe. One lucky woman will win an exclusive 60 minute interview in early 2011. Are you a black woman with your own business or product; expat who wants to share your experience living in another country; who is passionate about a cause with special relevance for the black community or black women as a group? You can talk about your personal passion; be it your business or product, your life as an expat or a special cause near and dear to your heart. NOTE: You will need to call into a phone line to conduct the interview from Uncaged Birds™ (must live in Europe).

To enter to win answer the following question: What does WAD mean? Send your response and indicate which prize you would like to Sandra@womenoftheafricandiaspora.com no later than 27 November 2010. Winners will be chosen in the order in which the replies are received, so don’t delay.

Send us your contributions, give us your feedback and get inspired.

Hugs from Rotterdam and Stockholm,
Sandra and Adrianne

21st Century Sisterhood of Greatness Manifesto

© 2010 Blanche Williams, National Black Women’s Town Hall, Inc.

1. Redefine Our Identity

Redefine our identity by consciously rejecting the unhealthy, untrue, and unworthy images that attempt to deny our greatness, extinguish our brilliance, and defeat our spirit. We instead stand firmly in our divine birthright to live a life adorned with grace, excellence, and integrity. We will align ourselves with like minds and assign our goals with like achievers.

2. Reclaim Our Dignity

Reclaim our dignity by walking in the spirit of decency and humility regardless of images that show less than our finest. We will embrace that which pierces our dignity as women, in order to recognize and reshape its effect on our thoughts and expressions. We will no longer allow external forces to dictate the choices we make or the actions we take but will empower our intuitive intelligence to be the force that guides us. We are sisters first, regardless of the diversity of life and styles we encompass.

3. Revolutionize Our Thinking

Revolutionize our thinking by being willing to step outside the box of boundaries and our self-imposed limitations. We will develop a willingness to break down the walls of negativity, doubt, fear, and jealousy and rebuild a mindset strong, positive, and forward thinking. We will shatter our mind’s glass ceiling and learn to soar above the frays of mediocrity. Our evolution, as women ,must be televised in order to demystify those images that have been allowed to run rampant throughout our society.

4. Redesign Our Image

Redesign our image by reshaping and remolding ourselves into who we want to represent instead of what sells. We will learn to take the front seat to frame who we are and not the back seat and take what others want us to emulate. We will learn to take the high road where our ancestors taught us we should be and not the low road where we “dummy down” and accept being marginalized, objectified or hyper sexualized. We will speak out and up for ourselves and our sisters when anyone attempts to disrespect our legacies. We will chart a course that will illuminate our diversity, celebrate our fabulosity, and stimulate our ambitions. We will be the architects of our destiny and builders of our endless possibilities.

5. Rebirth Our Self-Respect

Rebirth our self-respect by understanding and accepting that we are endowed with the right to be respected, revered, honored and adored. As black women, we raise the children of a great race. As black women, we adorn the heavens with the spirits of queens, sojourners, leaders, mothers, daughters and friends. As black women we birth the spirits that knock at our doors of consciousness. As we grow in the ways of sisterhood, we will learn to rebirth a nation that begins within the womb of our feelings, our self-worth, and our self-love. The sisterhood can only give what it possesses, therefore we are committed to nurture, support, and uplift the inner child in us all. We will show loving respect for every sister as we grow to fully and authentically love and respect ourselves.

6. Rebuild Our Relationships

Rebuild our relationships by being accountable for who we are and the role we play in the lives of others. Are our bonds breakable or unshakeable? We will learn to thoughtfully explore the connections we have with other women and how much we honor their presence in our lives. Are there sister relationships that need renovating or do you need a personal overhaul to re-evaluate, re-access or re-focus? Do we treat or speak about our sisters with venom or victory? The sisterhood will not tolerate cheating on the spirit of a sister through jealousy, deceit, or defamation of character. Learn to let people be who they and you must be who you’re destined to become; a sister beyond compare!

7. Restore Our Hope

Restore our hope by each sister living their dreams. We can’t allow anyone’s image or descriptions of us diminish our goal and date with destiny. The best revenge is performance. As we align together in force and focus, we will be the hope and the dream of our ancestors who put the “p” in purpose, pride, and perseverance. We didn’t struggle and stride to now lose our sense of direction. Regardless of what you see, we know better and we must do better to hold each other accountable. Together we can be rock solid in our dedication to uphold the code of the Sisterhood of Greatness.

8. Reconnect With Our Body

Reconnect with the vessel that houses the greatness that lives within by releasing self-judgment, negative and neglectful thoughts. We are charged with reverencing, maintaining and embracing our bodies by integrating positive habits that encourage a healthy life and spirit of wellness. The way we treat and care for ourselves is a direct reflection of how we perceive our self-worth. Our bodies are sacred and hold a divine connection with our inner being and outer humanity.

9. Redeem Our Soulful Spirit

Redeem our soulful spirits by unleashing the false perceptions and conceptions we have about ourselves and our ability to rise above adversity to live in peace and harmony. We are designed to be mindfully innovative, to excel at all things, and to love and be loved in abundance. God’s universe awaits our instruction and bows to our every wish and desire. We must learn to work through our doubts and fears in order to truly reach our highest potential. As African-American women we hold the keys, the map, and the DNA of destiny.

10. Re-Unite Our Sisterhood

Re-unite our sisterhood by coming together and bringing someone else along. We are tied to each other because of the fabric we were created within. Our roles are interchangeable because our maturation is tied to diversity of experience, exposure, and insight. Our power is intergenerational! When we look at the landscape of our lives, there will always be a sister who can help you through any peak or valley because they have already walked that path. We will learn to be each others source and voice. When we apply our understanding and willingness to tap into the wisdom of the sisterhood we will experience a bond that is transformative and exhilarating. We are our sisters.


The Most Powerful Black Women in Europe List – Call for nominations

The first list of its kind will recognize black women across Europe who are powerful in a variety of ways.

Nov 07,2010 - Stockholm, Sweden - “I was inspired by Forbes' Most Powerful Women 2010 List on which Michelle Obama is named the most powerful woman in the world”, explains Adrianne George, the creator of the Black Women in Europe™ Blog, social network, and social media group. “I decided to compile a list of The Most Powerful Black Women in Europe”.

The Black Women in Europe™ Social Network, and Linkedin Group members have submitted nominees and the general public is invited to do the same. You can suggest a name to be included on the 1st The Most Powerful Black Women in Europe List by commenting on:

http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com/2010/10/29/the-most-powerful-black-women-in-europe-list-call-for-nominations or by emailing contact@blackwomenineurope.com.

Simply include a name of a powerful black women in Europe (or 2 or a dozen), their country, and why they are powerful. If they have a website please include the URL.

The deadline for nominations is 29 November 2010. The list will be published on the award-winning Black Women in Europe Blog™ on 3 December 2010.

“It is time we had a list of our own”, George adds.

Are Caribbean countries facing existential threats?

To all the comments on Norman's inspiring and correct analysis of the current situation I would like to add the following we were discussing just before the hurricane hit the Caribbean. It is about the need for legal options and actions.

The Caribbean countries and their citizens, private sector, civil society, social-economic groups are seriously effected by the impasse in which they ended up after the concluding in December 2007 and signing of the CARIFORUM-EC EPA in October 2008. Now, two years later, October 2010, only a few Caribbean States have ratified the CF-EC EPA. Private sector and other stakeholders in the Caribbean are not interested to implement the Agreement, not able to compete with EU technology, standards, services etc. There is a deadlock and the question is how to find a way out. The EPA will not disappear by ignoring it.

The threat of sanctions by the EU as well as the ongoing negotiations between the EU and Africa, Pacific, Asia, Latin America, Central America, Canada and other regions and countries in the world, questions the way the CF-EC EPA has been negotiated, the concluding was rushed into and signing was done, regardless all the objections from state and non state actors who were not involved and not ready to enter into such a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement that goes further than the WTO obligations require.

All legal options have to be explored to find solutions.

With regard to the review in 2013 which will give the Caribbean governments the possibility to amend the CF-EC EPA, stakeholders and lawyers should start now to discuss, to draft, to publish and to send their comments to the governments.

Furthermore appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice should be explored.

Is the CCJ competent with regard to CF-EC EPA issues? What are the legal opinions about the CCJ and who is willing to bring these issues before the CCJ?

About the competency of the Caribbean Court of Justice with regard to CF-EC EPA: "The CCJ is an international court with compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction in respect of the interpretation and application of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, the rights and obligations created by the CSME, relating to the establishment of economic enterprises, the provision of professional services, the movement of capital, the acquisition of land for the operation of businesses etc.. The CCJ is a permanent, central, regional authoritative institution that authoritatively and definitively pronounce on those rights and corresponding obligations."

The CF-EC EPA will have its impact on the establishment of economic enterprises, the provision of professional services, the movement of capital, the acquisition of land for the operation of businesses etc. : issues that belong to the compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction of the CCJ. Which means that the CCJ is competent to judge in cases with regard to the CF-EC EPA.

If the CCJ is not, which Court in the Caribbean is? Is there another international Court in the Caribbean?

Legal actions should start in the Caribbean, where the impact of the CF-EC EPA and its damages are feared.

About the legal grounds: they could be found in the Human Rights, Environmental Rights and Labour Rights, now being discussed in European Parliament with regard to the FTA negotiations with India, ASEAN, Mercosur etc. and the EU-Korea FTA , such as:

1. There is no binding complaint management system for human rights violations in the CF-EC EPA (and other FTAs);

2. There is no Dispute settlement for all chapters, including the sustainable chapter;

3. The CF-EC EPA will not improve the economic development of the Caribbean countries (?) and will not improve human rights, labour rights and conditions, social and environmental rights and situations in the Caribbean. Social, environmental and labour conditions in the Caribbean are threatened by the CF - EC EPA (longer working hours, no job security, no healthy circumstances, no more access to cheap medicines etc.).

4. The obligations of the CF-EC EPA go further than the WTO obligations require and will have a negative impact on the political, social and economic situation in the Caribbean.

Furthermore in the EU some organizations and Universities are doing research to write papers about the role of the EU, the European Commission, negotiators and advisors. Questions such as : “Who exactly is sitting at the negotiation tables? Who is there from the Commission apart DG Trade? Who are the negotiators and advisors? “

Case studies to find out on which issues the EU presses the ACP governments, which issues actually could be beneficial for the ACP countries but are refused by the EU or the ACP governments etc.

That could also be done by University, Research Institutions and Organizations in the Caribbean.

Joyce van Genderen-Naar,
email: vangenderen@unicall.be


Are Caribbean countries facing existential threats?

Norman Girvan

The hurricanes of the last few weeks in the Caribbean have reinforced in my mind a growing sense that Caribbean states may be more and more facing a challenge of existential threats. (I prefer this idea to the discourse of ‘failed states’, which I find rather obnoxious and patronising; being associated with a political agenda of ‘humanitarian interventionism’ and the contemporary incarnation of the doctrine of imperial responsibility.) By existential threats I mean systemic challenges to the viability of our states as functioning socio-economic-ecological-political systems; due to the intersection of climatic, economic, social and political developments.

On Saturday 30 October the entire banana crop of St Vincent, the main export industry, was wiped out in the space of one afternoon. St Lucia and Barbados also suffered major economic damage. At the time of writing this, the weather system responsible is expected eventually to veer northwards and deal what will be another lethal blow to Haiti, where over one million people are living with only tented shelters to protect them as a result of the January earthquake. Another major human catastrophe may be unfolding before our very eyes, which we seem impotent to prevent. On the other hand, if the weather system stays on a westward course, it will deal further blows to Jamaica, which has not yet recovered from Tropical storm Nicole (J$20 billion damage), and probably Belize, which is still recovering from hurricane Richard.

30 years ago, one expected to deal with major disasters of this kind, say, once every ten years. Nowadays, most islands expect at least one, and possibly two or three, every year. In other words this now has to be seen as a permanent, recurring phenomenon or integral feature of Caribbean development.

When you combine acute climate change-related stress of this kind with (a) the acute economic stress arising out of trade preferences and the failure to develop a new “insertion” into the global economy, (b) fiscal stress due to unsustainable debt burdens and the impact of the global economic crisis; and (c) the seeming incapacity of governments to control the impact of transnational crime; one must wonder if we are not in fact experiencing an overlapping and interconnected series of challenges which in their totality, challenge the assumptions underlying the ‘national statehood’ dispensation of the region. Suppose, in other words, that we are not dealing simply with a series of ‘natural disasters’, but rather with a deeper, more systemic threat to the viability of our societies as functional entities in any meaningful sense of the word?

Most of us are not likely to view our condition in such apocalyptic terms, of course. Governments and opinion-makers tend to see each such phenomena as disconnected events, each requiring its own specialised response by a dedicated agency or stakeholder. Our governments give the appearance of being in permanent crisis mode, like the captain and crew of a ship caught in a perfect storm desperately trying to work out how to survive the next monster wave (even as they assure the passengers that they can cope!). Crisis management is not a condition that lends itself to strategic thinking.

Yet isn’t strategic thinking, that attempts to discern the connections among seemingly unrelated phenomena, not what is required? Indeed is it not a necessity for survival? I would think that the first step of such an exercise is for us to admit to ourselves that the problems we face are too wide in scopes and too vast in scale for any one Caribbean country to cope with by itself; that the thinking, institutions and structures we have no longer serve us well; and that no one—neither government nor opposition; public sector or private; civil society or academia—can singly provide the answers. Can we begin a conversation nationally and regionally—or rather, take existing conversations to a higher plane?

November 1, 2010.

Norman Girvan

UWI Trinidad & Tobago

2nd World Diversity Leadership Summit Europe

WDLS-EU 2011!

24 – 25 of March 2011

WDLS-EU is proud to announce that preparations for the 2. World Diversity Leadership Summit Europe are officially under way.


In preparation for 2011 we are delighted to announce that our website has been renewed and will be continuously refreshed with many updates. Do not hesitate to visit us online. Click on www.wdls.eu to join us on our WDLS-EU Diversity Journey!


Today’s rapidly changing societies and working environments require extremely innovative solutions. Our WDLS-EU 2011 Agenda is carefully designed to offer you the latest innovative solutions for the market and work places. Visit www.wdls.eu/agenda/ and find out what issues WDLS-EU 2011 will be addressing and how these connect directly to you and your working environment.

Our Highlight Panels include:

◦CEO Leadership Strategies: predictions and expectations from the future workforce

◦How are today’s multi-cultural communities impacting tomorrow’s market and work forces?

◦European and Global CEO Roundtable: Understanding and fostering diverse talents and leadership

◦Promoting Diversity to drive profit in multi-national companies and organisations

◦WDLS Awardees Forum: Showcasing WDLS “best in class” leadership strategies for the next generation

◦Beyond Race and Skin Colour: How language drives Diversity and Inclusion in today’s companies and organisations

◦Managing Diversity and Inclusion in legal frameworks and political decision-making processes

◦Facing unconscious bias and mindset in terms of visibility, national and cultural identities and their impact on profit-driven organisations and companies


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