Earlier this month AWAU and TACU came together for a ladies only event marking the first of many events celebrating the International Decade for people of African Descent (2015-2024).
The aim is to bring together POAD living in Australia in a social context to create connections and forge solidarity spaces around our identities, similarities and move towards an agenda of gaining visibility and voice in Australia.
There will be more events like these, with an Elders event lined up for February. We’d like participation from elders from different countries, feel free to nominate your elder by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Juliana Nkrumah AM at the
Asia-Pacific Regional Review of the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Meeting in Bangkok (by invitation only!). Beijing+25 is an initialtive through the United Nations Women's Commission on the Status of Women. In 2020, the global community will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). Juliana's attendance ensures that African Australian women of colour are represented globally.
Dr Tinashe Dune, Juliana Nkrumah AM and Dr Virginia Mapedzahama with Mr Chin Tan (Race Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission) at the Community Migrant Resource Centre's International Women's Day Celebration. The event celebrated African Australian women’s successes, including many speakers who have achieved highly in areas such as academia, health care, the arts, and community organisation. #balanceforbetter
Juliana Nkrumah AM, featured in Success Talks: Conversations With Everyday Leaders recently visited Ghana. She presented Success Talks to the founders and administrators of Legacy College in Akuse, Ghana. This is a community-based school set up to provide a meaningful secondary education and leadership to girls.
Juliana Nkrumah AM with Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, Mabel Imali Isolio (Gender Consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya), Marian Issa and Khadija Gbla, graduates from the ‘Our Voices: Filling in the Gap' – Spokesperson's program, addressing the issue of female genital mutilation in Africa.
Juliana Nkrumah AM at the investiture for Member of the Order of Australia at Government House in Yarralumla, Canberra. As a result of her impactful work on female genital mutilation, Juliana is the only African women in Australia who to be bestowed with this honour.
Juliana Nkrumah AM and Dr Tanaka Dune at the United Nations Women's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission adopts multi-year programmes of work to appraise progress and make further recommendations to accelerate the implementation of the Platform for Action. Juliana and Tanaka represented AWAU and African women across Australia (and the diaspora).
In October 2019 AWAU launched its new Future Directions 2020-2025 Strategic Plan at its Annual General Meeting held at Western Sydney University - Parramatta City Campus. The event was attended by African women across generations and from a wide variety of countries across the continent. Attendees represented expertise from finance to science and art to human resources. At the meeting we welcomed new members to the Executive Committee and attendees shared their insights on how to enact AWAUs mission. See the AGM Report here.