AWE Awards 2013

In most countries, women struggle for equal access to education, economic and political opportunities. Empowerment of women is one of the most effective drivers of human development.  African Women in Europe have had a share of challenges in foreign soil, but despite that, so many have been able to overcome challenges and realised their dreams.
Many thanks to all those that have sent in their nominations or nominated a friend or colleague for this great award to acknowledge achievements and encourage one another.
The closing date for AWE Awards 2013 nomination is the 31st of March. Looking at the list, we seem to have many nominees from UK.  AWE Team would like to encourage members from other parts of Europe to nominate African Women in Europe who are inspiring them, or deserve an award for the work they are doing for the community in their respective country of residence in Europe. Please follow the this link:
It is our desire to build a strong network of African women in the Diaspora to share experiences which will enable personal, professional, financial and spiritually growth. A workshop is organised from 1400hrs to 1700hrs entitled: Harnessing our Skills, Resources and Knowledge facilitated by Dr Wangui wa Goro who has a wide knowledge on issues affecting African Women in the Diaspora.
Please continue nominating because all nominees will be listed down and because we believe in transparency, you will all know about this inspiring women!!
We are also looking for sponsors and partners, if you would like to get involved with the event, please contact
To book into the hotel, please email the hotel and quote the following Code: HR5 for the AWE hotel deal.
Telephone:Jerusalem Necho | Special Events Co-ordinator
Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum
97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN, United Kingdom
Direct: + 44 (0) 20 7341 3099
Kind regards,
AWE Team

CFP Black German conference DEADLINE EXTENDED


The third annual convention of the Black German Heritage and Research Association (formerly the Black German Cultural Society NJ) will be held on August 8-11, 2013, at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. This year’s convention will focus on Black Germans in Diaspora. The conference will feature a keynote address by Maisha Eggers, Professor of Childhood and Diversity Studies at the University of Magdeburg, a screening of the 1952 film “Toxi” at the Amherst Cinema with an introduction and Q & A by Professor Angelica Fenner of the University of Toronto, author of “Race Under Reconstruction in German Cinema” (2011), and presentations by guest artists Sharon Dodua Otoo and Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, editors of “The Little Book of Big Visions: How To Be an Artist and Revolutionize the World,” published by the Berlin publishers Edition Assemblage in October 2012.

The BGHRA Review Committee invites proposals for papers that engage the multiplicity and diversity of the experiences of Blacks of German heritage and on Blackness in Germany. We welcome submissions for twenty-minute presentations on three academic panels and two sessions devoted to life writing, oral history, and memoir. We are especially interested in life stories by and about Black Germans as well as academic papers. Please send a one-page abstract and a CV or short biographical statement to: by April 8.

Visit Blackgermans at:

28 February 2013 – luncheon meeting with Costa Rica candidate for WTO DG Mrs. Anabel González by Joyce van Genderen-Naar

(Joyce van Genderen-Naar)

Dear All,

I would like to share with you the information on the lunch meeting with WTO DG candidate Mrs. Anabel González, Costa Rica Minister of Foreign Trade. Organized by Friends of Europe in Brussels in a serie of conversations with WTO candidates.

28 February 2013 –
luncheon meeting with Costa Rica candidate for WTO DG Mrs. Anabel González

Anabel González is Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, appointed in 2010. In this capacity, she serves as the President’s principal advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade and investment policy issues. She currently acts as chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Trade. With experience in both the public and private sector, Minister González has been involved in trade and investment policy matters internationally and domestically for the past twenty years.
Relevant points made by Mrs. Anabel González
a.. She is the candidate of a small country, Costa Rica, compared to the powerful WTO Members and candidates, but has the ability and leadership potential for this post. Also smaller countries could play an important role, referring to the leadership of Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal in EU institutions. Furthermore Costa Rica is a good example of a developing country that diversified its economy, especially services and ITC, and developed in only a few years time from a two commodities exporting country (coffee and bananas) to a country that is exporting now more than 4300 different products to 145 countries.
b.. If elected as WTO Director-General she you would like to contribute to re-energizing the WTO together with the WTO member states.
c.. She would like to see more developing countries benefitting from trade contributing to economic development. 'Trade as opposite of development is a misconception, which needs to be strongly addressed', she said.
d.. Developing countries' share in world trade has grown, but it is still concentrated on a small number of countries and she would like to see the WTO supporting the integration of more countries into the world economy.
e.. DDA: all WTO members stressed that they want to continue, Bali is a very important step, we have to restore the credibility. We should come back to DOHA, but also discuss shorter term agendas, such as trade facilitation, global value chains/manufacturing, trade and investments; it is essential to revitalise and to have these discussions in WTO, the house of trade, she said.
f.. A strong WTO is needed, DOHA had an impact on the credibility. WTO Dispute settlement and Trade capacity building are good, but the negotiation function and monitoring have to be strengthened. Monitoring of Regional Trade Agreements (RTA) is very important for WTO, in order to know what is taking place in the different regions.
g.. Also more monitoring of WTO of negotiations and implementation of FTAs/EPAs and mining/mineral agreements between multinationals and developing countries.
h.. Involvement of Civil Society is very important, and is taking place through the WTO's website and WTO Public Forum, however WTO issues are still too complex and need to be translated at local and regional level. Now it is only depending on knowledge of trade officials. Keep pushing for a strong civil society involvement in trade negotiations, it is a key element to produce good results, she said.
Joyce van Genderen-NAAR,
Brussels Bar Lawyer descending from Suriname, South America
Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
Member of the World Trade Advisors (WTA)

Invitation to become a Sponsor/public partner of the 2nd Edition of the Miss Africa Netherlands Pageant

Permit me introduce myself: I am Anthonia Nkem Emegha, Miss Africa Netherlands 2011-2012 (First edition). My reign as Miss Africa Netherlands just ended last December, and as a matter of fact that, all reigning Queens become pageant coordinators for the next edition of the pageant. As such, I am currently the Pageant coordinator for the second edition of Miss Africa Netherlands (Miss Africa Netherlands 3013-2014)

As you may have noticed, we have recently launched the second edition of the Miss Africa Netherlands Pageant and registrations are currently going on. It is our objective to have contestants this year from all African countries of which only one (1) contestant from each country would go to the final of the event scheduled for December 2013 in Amsterdam.

As part of the preparation for this great event, we are seeking sponsorship/partnership to assist in making this event a success and give it the grandeur it deserves.

As a matter of fact, the pageant is devoted to the positive growth of the African woman of which Stichting Miss Africa Netherlands stresses the importance of Modesty, Education, Communication, poise and social development skills. This I stand to testify.

Our Pride in organizing this pageant is designed to inspire leadership qualities, promote commitment to community, encourage academic excellence, and reinforce high ethical standards and above all, to empower the girl child. In addition to its fostering role in positive youth development, Miss Africa Netherlands also encourages its young winners to become active participants in effective charitable and community events and embracing the spirit of “giving back” to their local communities (this is reflected in our recent rules and regulations which obliges each contestant to have at least a charity of choice and objective). We also stress the importance of education for young women. To that end, we will be awarding the titleholders Educational Scholarships and Sponsored gifts & prizes to further this endeavor.

Miss Africa Netherlands reaffirms its objectives in empowering the girl child, increasing access to education, increase access to healthcare, health education and fighting diseases, advocating for women and children’s rights, encourage women’s initiatives in the Netherlands as well as Africa: Miss Africa Netherlands celebrates strong and committed women.

This pageant would be funded via sponsors, donations, the sale of tickets, registration of contestants and adverts placed in the pageant program/information booklet and or website. Through this pageant, we aim at pulling a large National audience; both Africans and friends of Africa and the pageant/information booklet would be given to each ticket holder.

On behalf of the contestants, I am therefore respectfully inquiring if you and or a friend would like to honor us as a sponsor/partner for this event. We are accepting sponsorship and partnership in different forms which includes but not limited to: financial donations, gifts, sponsoring of prizes, sacrificing time for a workshop, and all sort gestures that could contribute positively in the realization of this project. All funds for this event will be directed toward necessary expenditures to give the occasion the grandeur it deserves and if any profits, we would invest it in the continuation of our already existing scholarship scheme for the girl child in Africa.

Our success in this event depends solely on sponsors/partners like you and that success would be a direct reflection on the general African community both in the Netherlands and in Africa. In that regard, Miss Africa Netherlands invites you/your organization to be a visible participant in this exciting and prestigious event. Your support is extremely crucial to the success of the "2nd edition (2013-2014) of the annual Miss Africa Netherlands Pageant". For more information on the budget, and sponsorship/partnership benefits, I am more than pleased to provide it at your request.

As you well know, by supporting the role models of today, we strengthen our collective tomorrows. As a sponsor/partner, you would contribute to a hopeful future of Africa by helping one individual identify, develop and refine personal attributes such as self-esteem, public speaking ability, self confidence just to mention but a few, that would assist her throughout her life and the lives of others.

Your assistance as a sponsor/partner would not only serve as a means of publicity, but would also help the participants to prepare for the pageant with a minimum of personal expenses and also help our organization meet its objectives.

I would very much like to discuss the possibilities to support the event with you further and would be most grateful if you could contact me at your earliest convenience. I will also follow up in the course of the coming weeks, to see if you have any questions or require additional information. In the interim, feel free to visit our website at

Yours sincerely,

Anthonia N.Emegha

Miss Africa Netherlands 2011-2012,

Pageant Coordinator,

Miss Africa Netherlands