image004 (1)Women Advancement Forum (WAF) is Africa?s most attended gender conference.? WAF is a platform which recognizes the obvious fact that women advancement and empowerment is amongst the most outstanding agent to the actualization of millennium development goals (MDGS) and even beyond. Building on the success of the first and second conferences which took place in Berlin, Germany and Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010 and 2013 respectively has the simple goal to create an advanced platform for the formulation of strategic and realistic approach to women socio-economic and political advancement and emancipation.

The participants will be drawn from presidents, first ladies, ministers, business women and men, entrepreneurs, women in politics, wife of public and political office holders, women advocacy groups, professional/career women, African women in Diaspora amongst others.

WAF Conference Director, Mr. Charles Chikezie revealed at a press briefing and presentation of a formal invitation to the government and people of the host country, The Gambia through Rt. Hon. Fatoumatta Jahumpa Ceesay, former speaker of The Gambia parliament in Banjul that notable women business chambers, civil society organisation, media and other organisation from Africa and around the world are in partnership with Women Advancement Forum for WAF 2014 & Awards. Amongst these the organisations are WomenPartner.org, Foundation for the Development of Africa (FDA),?NewsAfrica.co.uk, ECOWAS-Federation of Business Women and Entrepreneurs (ECOWAS-FEBWE), BusinessWomen?s Association of South Africa, Africa Heritage Society, American Chamber of Commerce Gambia, South African Congress of Non-Profit Making Organisations, White Ribbon for Safe Motherhood Int?l, UPLIFT Development Foundation, The Rivers Foundation, Leading Women of Africa, BrandWorld TV, National Council for Women Societies, NACCIMA-Business Women Organisation of Nigeria, Women in Logistics & Transport, amongst others.

WAF-mdg AWARD:

On WAF-mdg Award, he also explained that the WAF-mdg Awards program recognizes, celebrates, and honors achievements in socio-economic and political empowerment, advancement of women, as well as inspiring and motivating young women/girl-child. This award has a unique value; therefore offers the opportunity to honor distinguished women from Africa and around the world. Among the women nominated for the award includes, Her Excellency Mrs. Zineb? Yahya Jammeh, First Lady The Gambia, Madame Marieme Sall, First Lady, Senegal, Dr. Lebohang Pheko, President, Business Women Association of South Africa, Hajiya Sa?adiya Abdullahi Dikko, President of Customs Officers? Wives Association (COWA) amongst others

EXPECTED PARTICIPANTS:

It is expected that WAF-2014 & Awards will host over 500 participants amongst whom will include:

?Female Presidents/Heads of State l Female Governors/Mayor/Premier/Municipal/Local Government Chairpersons l First Ladies (Wife of Presidents/Heads of Government/Vice President/Governors/Deputy Governors) l Wife of (Senate President/Deputy Senate President, Heads of Parliament/Speakers/Deputy Speaker of the parliament, Chief Justices, Secretary to the Federal Government l Female Speaker/Deputy Speaker of the parliament l Female Speaker/Deputy Speaker of State/Regional/Municipal/Local Government legislative l Minister/Commission for Gender (Women & Youth Affairs) l Female Minister/Commissioner/Councilor & Deputy Female Ministers/Permanent Secretaries l Wife of (Mayor/Premier/Secretary to the Federal/National Government/Secretary to the State Government (SSG)/Hon. Minister/Hon. Commissioners/Municipal/Local Government Chairman/Head of Service/ Special Adviser/Public office holders l Women/Gender Advocacy Groups l Wife of Political Party office holder/Executive member l Women in business, politics, banking, insurance, engineering, maritime & aviation, transport & logistics, law & judiciary, power & energy, oil & gas, manufacturing & commerce, public/civil service and professional/career women l Staff & board members of international agencies l Female Senators, Legislators, Directors in the public/private sector l Head of Service, SSG, Permanent Secretaries, Judges, Special Advisers, Legal Officers l Chairperson/Female board members of Ministries/Departments/Agencies (MDAs) l CEO/Managing Director/General Manager/Directors in the private sector l Female political party board of trustees members, national/state/local government women leader of political parties, Directors of Women Affairs of all political parties l NGOs/Every woman

2014 WAF presents special features:

a.???????? African Women in Diaspora moment

b.???????? Exhibition

c.???????? Road-show/Solidarity match against ?Violence Against Women?

Participation Fee: USD$1200/person (Economy Seat)? l? USD$1950/person (VIP Seat)

Women Advancement Forum (WAF) is unique and will remain a unique platform for deliberations and formulation of actions plans on MDGs.? It will be moments of inspiration, motivation, empowerment, advancement, emancipation and fun.

Source APO

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