March 2014
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                                      Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm

I’m going to shout it from the mountain tops, women are awesome and I’ll tell you why. I’m not generalizing - I know not all women can carry that title . . . but the ones in my universe can. The ones I’ve been lucky enough to meet or be introduced to all have a touch of their own magic, which is contagious and self-esteem boosting. However, they all seem to suffer from one thing
. . . time-famine. Now I know most successful people suffer from this, but the female suffers the most and that’s because she’s still seen by her partner and her children as super woman.

It’s unbelievable that in twenty-first century UK, women are still expected to do it all. One of my colleagues told me her husband expects her to cook seven days a week despite the fact she works anything between eight and ten hours per day, and he gets home at least an hour before her. And she does it. She plays super woman.

She has three iPhones, (I call them her kids) which she constantly checks and answers, she even takes them to the toilet with her. She has to turn out work to tight deadlines for her clients and I’ve never known her to disappoint any. She has a baby fund of fifteen thousand pounds for the private education of a baby that has not been conceived as yet. Awesome.

I recently bumped into someone who I hadn’t seen for at least fifteen years. She looked fantastic and told me she was out shopping to celebrate. I being myself enquired what she was celebrating and in a boastful but entertaining gush she told me, and I quote; ‘I’ve just celebrated my fiftieth birthday, just got my decree nisi and my Masters in the same week and I’m menopausal . . . all men are on pause as I celebrate and spent some time with the new me.’ 

Isn’t she awesome? Or at least funny.


Super Women . . .
Examine your relationship with time. Stop answering emails at least an hour before you go to sleep and read a real book, not a kindle. Finally, you can complete a project by dropping it from your ‘to do’ list, especially if it’s been on the list for a while.
My Sheroes
As we come to the end of March, internationally known and celebrated as women’s month which celebrates the achievements of women in all industries across the globe, I look closer to home for my sheroes.  
The women in my life have high standards; they’re confident in their knowledge and skills and willingly share information. They’re intelligent, set progressive goals and work towards attaining them. They work smart mostly, but also hard when it’s called for and they don’t have a problem with telling me about myself should they need to.

They make me laugh, think deep and out of the box and I’m learning to value me through their eyes. Through contact with these wonderful women, I have been a teacher, a student, a friend, a sister, a shoulder to cry on, an acquaintance, a mentor and above all they have allowed me to be me, warts ‘n’ all. Thank you my sisters.
winner of Diva Face, Vanessa NM

Divas of Colour 2014

We would like to congratulate the organisers of the first Divas of Colour event, which took place at the Hilton Tower Bridge on 22nd March.

The director, Faustina Anyanwu is pleased with the first event. Faustina said, ‘the event well beyond my wildest expectations.’  Unfortunately I wasn’t in attendance as it clashed with a long booked event, but I heard wonderful feedback about it from the poet, Patricia Foster.
We would like to congratulate all the winners of awards in their category and especially the winner of Diva Face, Vanessa NM. Faustina also announced that a donation was made to the Domestic Violence Service.
A Word From Every Woman Inspired 2014 . . . Co-organiser, Patricia McKenzie Thomas

Ocho Rios, Jamaica . . . 20-26th October

We are dedicated to empowering women through health, wealth, education, development and inspiration. Women on all levels from all walks of life. Find out how we’ll help you . . . EWI, the retreat and expo for women by women.

We have work to do. Women to inspire. Dreams to fulfil. Ideas to share. Lessons to learn. Mountains to climb. Books to write. Food to eat. Rum to drink. Sun to bask in. Sea to swim in. Songs to sing. Music to dance to. Friends to make. Enterprise to start. Business to expand. Children to empower. An expo to excite. New people to entice.
You will Laugh uncontrollably, love unconditionally, listen undividedly, learn unendingly and live unapologetically. Join us in Jamaica to inspire and be inspired. 
 To book call The Travel Shop: 0208 682 7222
To get details on the information day being held in the UK . . . 07583 934 269
MONTH 2014
Images of Black Women Film Festival 2014

Images of Black Women Film Festival are celebrating ten years in business. The organisation has been consistent in its promotion of race and gender equality in front and behind the camera and they are requesting you like their FB page . . . which is not a very hard thing to do.

There are so many talented film makers around and I’m sure they’ve been given a boost by the success of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years of Slavery. Please do check out Images of Black Women Film Festival and experience some very good films by women.

Half A Yellow Sun, (the book was written by Chimamanda Aditchi Ngoze) will open this year’s festival on the 11th. The Cruel Cut, a short film around FGM, and others. Don’t take my word for it, check out the Tricycle Theatre on 11th, 12th and 13th April and Rich Mix on 14th, 19th, and 20th April.

Pan-African Business Expo scheduled for 17th April 2014 at Kings College London, Strand.

The objective of the expo is to promote international trade with Africa and the Caribbean estimated at a population of over 1 billion in UK, Africa and the Caribbean.

We are currently running a 50% special offer on the exhibition packages for a limited period only. 

The Expo will bring together UK, African and Caribbean government officials, diplomats, investors, professionals, entrepreneurs and international business representatives to:

  • Explore business opportunities
  • Showcase their products and services
  • Network with like-minded businesses
  • Develop business partnerships with potential business partners both in the UK and abroad
  • Identify funding options
  • Meet potential Investors
  • Explore new markets for products and services
  • Identify reliable suppliers for products and service

You can find out more about exhibiting at the Pan-African Business Expo 
M: 07931353737 | Telephone: 0207 873 2165
Pan-African Business Expo

Apprenticeships in Fiction 2014

Apprenticeships in Fiction is a one year professional development programme which offers serious aspiring writers an opportunity to develop their manuscript under the guidance of an experienced novelist working in the same genre. Deadline is 31st March.

Free Me To Be Me, Protect The Girl Child Campaign

We had another information day, this time in West Ealing where the audience consisted of older women, the eldest being in her eighties who attended the domestic abuse awareness day on 21st March.

We are overwhelmed and encouraged by the support that has been gathering speed towards Protect The Girl Child Campaign, and we are humbled and pleased that the message is getting through to more people.

Please like us on FB and we’ll keep you in the loop about our developments.







As I tackle the third re-write of my novel, I want to share with anyone who cares to listen that creativity comes from the depth of you.
Do take a look at our websites, EWI & WIN . . . like us on FB & follow us on twitter, & like our Protect The Girl Child Campaign on FB

And that’s me for now . . . I leave you with this thought:
Don’t Tell People Your Dreams, Show Them.

More health, wealth, love and joy!


Rasheda Ashanti Malcolm is a Writer, Author, Broadcaster, Activist, CEO o f WIN
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