AWLO to host global conference in USA, reveals innovative projects
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 Virginia, USA.
According to AWLO Founder, Hon. Elisha Attai, the strategic conference, which would unfold at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, will provide an opportunity to harness and enhance leadership potentials of women and to channel these into promoting the unity and development of the African region, as well giving various speakers a 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 speakers such as Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija from Nigeria, Mrs. Angelle Kwemo – 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 and HRH Princess Moradeun Ogunlana – Founder, African Women Health Project Texas, USA (Nigeria).
High point of the event would be the Summit of the Next Generation, which has been specifically designed for preparing youths for better performance in leadership. Resource persons would be inspirational women who will help equip participants with intellectually stimulating tools that would 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 cause of women and leadership would be honoured.
Attai 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,” noting 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 Arnene, who is the Matron of the Youth Assembly noted that AWLO has become an organization 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 Akwa Ibom State, which would be replicated across the country, the empowerment project going in on Rivers State where ordinary women are being financed and provide branded stalls for their petty business, the Lagos Chapter which just concluded a free digital training for 150 women in collaboration with Google and the educational intervention to inhabitants of two IDP Camps in Abuja.
She also spoke on AWLO’s unique project, 1Mother1Child, 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.