The African Women in Leadership Organization(AWLO) , an energetic non-profit organization championing the cause of women empowerment, gender parity, and the advancement of women in leadership has concluded plans to host its annual Global Conference in Virgina, USA
According to AWLO Founder, Hon. Elisha Attai, the conference tagged “AWLO Washington 2016” would unfold at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. It will provide an opportunity to harness and enhance leadership potentials of women and channel these into promoting the unity and development of the Africans and Africans in Diaspora. Furthermore, various speakers will havea veritable platform to share their stories, engage and inspire other women in a convivial atmosphere.
Speaking during a media Parley in Lagos, Hon. Attai noted that the conference slated for August 16th- 21st will feature such speakers as Mrs. FolorunshoAlakija -Keynote Speaker (Nigeria ), Mrs. AngelleKwemo - Founder/Chair at Believe in Africa Washington DC (Cameroon), Mrs. Eveline Pierre - Founder, 1st Haitian Heritage Museum (Haiti), Mr. Jeffrey O - Motivational Speaker/Executive Coach (Dallas/Nigeria ), Ms. Phanice Kwamboka - CEO of Eye on Africa (Kenya), Dr. Almas Jiwani - UN women President Canada (Canada ) and HRH Princess MoradeunOgunlana - Founder, African Women Health Project Texas, USA (Nigeria).
He also stated that the high point of the event which has its theme as “We’ve Got Power” would be the Summit of the Next Generation which has been specifically designed for preparing youths for better performance in leadership. Resource persons during this session will be inspirational women who will help equip participants with intellectually-stimulating tools that would certainly redirect their energies and bail the continent out of the quagmire of poverty, corruption, insecurity and political crises. In addition, there would be an AWLO Distinction Awards where women of various spheres who have demonstrated sterling achievement in business, commitment to the course of women and leadership would be honoured.
He also used the opportunity to reveal that AWLO since its inception in 2009 now has various State Chapters in Nigeria and Country Chapters scattered across the globe, he noted that the idea of setting up chapters was to ensure that the message of the organization trickles down to the women at the grassroots and also positively impact their lives.
Also speaking at the occasion, Dr. Violet Arene, AWLO Global Youth Matron Matron noted that the organization is that has an holistic approach to issues affecting women from the cradle to the family, adolescence to adulthood.
She spoke passionately about the ilead project that was launched in AkwaIbom State, which would be replicated across the country, the project of empowerment going on in Rivers State, where ordinary women are being financed and provided branded stalls for their petty business, the just concluded free digital training for 150 women by the Lagos Chapter in collaboration with Google and the educational intervention to inhabitants of two IDP Camps in Abuja.
Dr. Arene revealed AWLO’s unique project, 1Mother1Child initiative. According to her, this is a project that portrays the African woman as also a social mother by adopting a hapless child and seeing that child through his or her education. It is a project that speaks volumes for the heart of the African woman as a leader.
On this project, Hon. Attai added “This is one project close to our heart. It is mandatory for all full members of AWLO to adopt and train one child that is not theirs biologically. We will encourage more Nigerians and corporate bodies to join us in this noble cause”
AWLO is a non-profit organisation with a membership of women leaders from all walks of life across the African continent. It envisions a continent in which women take their rightful place as home and nation builders with equal opportunities and equal access in all areas of existence, the organisation works with African nations and Global partners.
It is a cohesive inclusive organisation driven by a membership of dynamic women of worth! The annual conference provides a platform for women from all walks of life within the African continent and in the Diaspora to come together to further advance the status of women.