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EMPOWERING AFRICAN WOMEN IN EUROPE AWARD

Vote now for your favourite nominee below and let us know why on the comment box.

Sanchia Alasia

Sanchia

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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Sanchia writes regularly about the French political landscape and her pieces can be read on www.leftfootforward.org and her own blog.

Jane Kiguru

Jane kiguru

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:
(a) economically
(b) socially
(c) spiritually
(d) politically
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.

Phenyo Boikanyo

PHENYO BOIKANYO

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!

Jenny Chika Okafor
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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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13 responses

  1. Well done Boikanyo, you are really a true ambassador to our beloved country Botswana.

    May 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

  2. phillip phesodi

    Big up Boi!!

    May 2, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  3. Fredrick Mwachande

    Vote for Phenyo

    May 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

  4. omar

    Boi you’re the best.

    May 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm

  5. Ibrahim Nasir

    She is an inspiration, a role model, a woman who want to change the world.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

  6. Maile

    Boikanyo may the Almighty be with you, I just casted my vote on you sister I read your profile and is attracting. Keep the rhythm going,

    May 18, 2013 at 1:18 am

  7. U go girl…

    May 21, 2013 at 8:27 am

  8. As a Botswana based fashion designer,i had the opportunity to work with her in london when i got invited to showcase at london fashion week 2012.she is a strong and passion driven individual and i deeply believe she deserve to win the award

    May 22, 2013 at 6:54 am

  9. moss

    keep smiling my friend BK

    May 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm

  10. Boikanyo believes in the ethic of the beauty pageant queen who spends her life for the benefit of others – motivating people to action and running charitable projects. It was as Mrs Commonwealth International 2012 working with in the “Triple Queen” team with Dr Patricks & Dr Shola that this crystalised and she has probably now empowered more African Women in Europe that any other queen in the world of beauty. For this reason she deserves the award and you owe it to her to vote accordingly and make it so!

    May 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  11. Ben Seema

    Keep up the good work Boi, through you many have found a reason to keep living, many have been inspired to love, many have opened their hearts to give without expecting returns. May the Love of God, his guidance and blessings be upon you as you journey beyond the award you so deserve

    May 30, 2013 at 10:48 am

  12. kiara

    For me Boikanyo has the all factors to be a true, honest ambassador. Hope you will win. You deserve it!!! x

    May 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  13. All the very best x
    Cheers,
    Kemunto

    June 12, 2013 at 7:21 am

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