Inaugural African Diaspora Women Summit

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Monday 26 June 2017 to Tuesday 27 June 2017

We invite you to discuss and share experiences, strategies and opportunities with and for women in areas of health, leadership, finance and personal development.

This is the first summit of its kind anywhere in the world, led by Africa women in the diaspora, for African women in the diaspora and others. 

We aim to bring together service providers, professionals, NGOs, educators, business leaders, entrepreneurs in the diaspora (Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Americas) and mainland Africa. We will share experiences targeted at women emancipation, with a focus on the African women and girl child.

The diversity of the organising committee demonstrates the need for a summit in this area.

Theme: Celebrating African Women, Their Voices

The African Diaspora Women Summit is about women, irrespective of race, celebrating with and empowering fellow women, the wider society and other diverse communities.

We will host panel discussions on the following topics:

  • community leadership and development
  • youth health and financial independence
  • law and justice
  • political engagement
  • women in leadership and business
  • economic independence
  • cultural practices
  • family violence.

Guest speakers

Our guest speakers include leaders in the African community, VU representatives, and successful women from the Africa diaspora:

  • Juanita Agard, cyber security professional, one of the few women in her profession at NASA
  • Peter Dawkins, President and Vice-Chancellor Victoria University
  • Eiman Kheir, Policy Officer: Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Directorate of Citizens and Diaspora Organizations, African Union Commission
  • Ahmed El Basheer, Acting Director of the Citizens and Diaspora Organization, Directorate of Citizens and Diaspora Organizations African Union Commission
  • Kyeretwie Osei, Policy Officer – Americas and Caribbean Directorate of Citizens and Diaspora Organizations African Union Commission
  • Dr Mimmie Claudine Ngum Chi Watts, academic and lecturer, College of Health & Biomedicine, Victoria University.

Who should attend?

Leaders and community members from our diverse society are invited to attend:

  • service providers
  • leaders
  • gender advocates
  • men and women of every race.

    Sponsors logos, Victoria University, Victoria State Government, African Organisation

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This event has already taken place.

26 June 2017, 8:00am to 27 June 2017, 4:00pm


City Flinders 300 Flinders Street

Victoria University Convention Centre, Level 12

Get in touch

Dr Mimmie Claudine Watts
Course Leader, Bachelor of Health Science
College of Health and Biomedicine
+61 3 9919 2766