EMPOWERING AFRICAN WOMEN IN EUROPE AWARD
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is a Labour Councillor for Alibon Ward in Barking and Dagenham and a specialist in French politics.
Sanchia has been selected as one of the six new Labour Party candidates for the European elections in 2014 in the London region.
After working with Labour Party activists to defeat the far right in Barking, Sanchia now wants to use this direct experience to help sister parties fight the far right across Europe.
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I have my origins in Kenya but has been resident in UK since 1994. I have always had a desire to understand mental health since my early days. Faced with the opportunity, I went on to study in that field and graduated first at Kingston University and more recently at Buckinghamshire New University.I work as a Care Co-ordinator in Mental Health. Having been raised up by a God fearing grandmother, I had the priviledge of knowing and believing in God before my teenage years. This personal knowledge and revelation of Christ has shaped my life and continues to inform and influence my work and relationships, being eager to demonstrate Christ not just by words but in a practical manner hence adopting a holistic approach in ministry. Rebuilding lives is my mission in life. Daily I seek to reach out and bring hope to those disadvantaged/broken/wounded in our community. Am grateful for the opportunity to combine both my profession and faith to reach out to our community as a grassroot diplomat.
“Hope is crucial to recovery, for our despair disables us more than our disease ever could” Deegan 1993.
As a team leader for the Rebuilders Outreach Ministry since 1996, I have seen many empowered and encouraged to pursue their destiny. In 2011 I launched Kenya Community Rebuild Foundation, UK. to help raise the profile and elevate the status of all Kenyan citizens, wherever they are and without prejudice, under the following four tenets, which are determined as key aspects of their lives:
It is our overarching goal to promote the individual and communal welfare and well-being of all Kenyans, as respect the above four main tenets, wherever they live and, equally, to act both as a conduit and a catalyst for the independent promotion of systems strengthening for the advancement and growth of Kenyan citizens in the above areas. In order to realise this goal, we intend to pursue the above key programme areas independently as well as collaboratively with relevant individual and organisational partners, funders and other stakeholders with a shared interest in the future development of Kenya and its citizens.
The KCR team has been relentlessly pursing this goal since early 2011; forming, developing and supporting several regional networks in major cities across the UK including in London, Oxford, Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Swindon, Nottingham, Bedford, Coventry, Watford to name a few. We have found, through our work in the regions, a continuing interest in KCR and an engaging following for the organisation’s work. We anticipate further rapid growth in this area in the immediate and medium terms, through our external network systems strengthening, proactive outreach work as well as continual internal capacity building of the organisation and its management.
Boikanyo Trust Phenyo began her teaching career in Botswana in 2000. She moved to the UK in 2005 and went on to create Boikanyo Model Extraordinaire in 2010 – a modelling agency with a big difference. She was Mrs Commonwealth International during 2012 as one of the “Triple Queens” and has been very active fundraising for various charities including her own!
Distinguished Nigerian women in Diaspora, supporters and friends of Nigerian Women in Diaspora Leadership Forum (NWIDLF) our esteemed husbands, sons and brothers; I thank God for your lives and welcome you all to this brand new initiative.
Over the years, I have watched Nigeria transform from military to civilian regimes. Despite the transitional ups and downs, Nigeria has remained one. I believe that this is so because regardless of the challenges presented by each form of government, as a people, we are profoundly resilient and hopeful. Such resilience and hope have had their positive and negative impacts on all aspect of our lives and most significantly on issues of peoples and women empowerment and mobilisation.
While the changes and challenges continue, it is clear that despite the significant role of women as foundation of society upon whom the well being of society eternally rests, women have continued to be inadequately represented in every aspect of government in Nigeria.
I have curiously watched and wondered why. As a result, I have over a long period of time painstakingly sampled women’s opinion on what matters to many Nigerian women, why they feel that regardless of the constant clamour for gender equality and justice all over the world, the representation of women in all aspects of government and leadership in Nigeria remains minimal.
Interestingly my findings reveal that although women differ in characteristics, profession and attitude, we share one thing in common; the desire and aspiration to help bring fresh dignity and respect to women and girls in our country through exemplary leadership. There is also generally a desire to bring more strength and stability to families and use their various attributes, education and experiences to continue to support our male population while empowering other women and strengthening democracy in Nigeria.
There is no doubt that women are natural born leaders who, given the opportunity or encouraged, would certainly make outstanding contributions which will change the course of things at a level never seen in Nigeria. I want a situation whereby women will be selected for their intellectual capacity, passion and commitment to service to Nigeria instead of gender.
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