Afro-descendant Leaders at the United Nations

March 11, 2015

Dozens of women leaders represented their organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Jamaica, and many other countries at "Participatory Development: Learning from Grassroots Women Leaders," a forum hosted by the Huairou Commission, GRoots International, and United Methodist Women at the 59th Commission for the Status of Women on March 11, 2015 at the United Nations. Joined by Semhar Araia, Executive Director of Diaspora African Women's Network, the women shared their views on the unique role of rural and afro-descendant leaders in international processes to advance the rights of women and build capacity of women's organizations.

Special Envoy Kim Simplis Barrow on Women and Girls

International Day of the Girl Child 2014

At the 2014 General Assembly at the United Nations, Special Envoy for Women and Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister, Kim Simplis Barrow, announced the Global Call to Action on Women and Girls’ Financial Health. The project launched with a Side Event where Ms. Simplis Barrow was joined by more than 25 First Ladies from countries like Suriname, Egypt and Zambia. Panelists included Shannon Shuyler, Corporate Responsibility Leader for PriceWaterHouse Cooper and Keynote Speaker Madam Joyce Banda, the former President of the Republic of Malawi who in her presentation sought to make the connection between programs for women's economic empowerment, rural microfinance, and the women's security in developing countries.  

Caribbean Women Speak Out in Poetry and Prose

April 27, 2014 - Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NYC

"Home Land City" - Through three acts of performed readings, curated with rhythm and images, "Home Land City" explored existential questions facing urban immigrants and share the writers' competing notions of home. Five women writer-performers presented their works at the Bowery Poetry Club / Duane Park. Check out a sample of the presentations by our talented participants.