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Wilde International Network Newsletter September 2013

September Issue

You know what? I’ve hardly had time to catch my breath and we’re already in September. Before the rain and cooler weather arrived, I did manage to grab me a bit of carnival, the first time in about ten years, seriously, (see the pic my friend took as I did my little jig.) I usually just jam by a friend's in Ladbrook Grove at that time of year and take in the vibe from a distance. But this year I found the perfect spot which was served with great music, good access to food and even a loo not far.

This time of year signals the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, two seasons I truly love. I love the summer because of the potential for sun and I adore autumn because of the amazing colours. 

Ginja, Notting Hill Carnival '13
Every Woman Inspired (EWI)

The wonderful thing about working on a project like EWI is the introduction to amazing women from all paths of careers and lifestyles. As a writer I feel privileged to meet and share their stories, their journeys, which are always the stuff best sellers are made from. One such woman is Patricia Foster, Inspirational Coach and Poet: her workshop at the EWI Expo in Jamaica is titled, The Return To Princess, Wonder Woman and Goddess  - Exploring The Powerful Female Within Us. The workshop is aimed at women, mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters and the females we care about: It’s an exploration through writing, multimedia, creative expression and discussion.


 
Patricia will share poems, film and facilitate discussions, as well as encourage you to tap into your own creative pools.

Check her out at:
Patricia Foster: Empower, Create & Heal
Patricia Foster: Workshops 4 Life
Africa's Defender of the Feminine Energy

Delivering our key note speech at the opening reception of Every Woman Inspired is Olly Dibba, Wadda, a strategic analyst and expert on gender equality in international policy and programming. The EWI team was attracted to Olly because she has consistently promoted gender awareness and led gender-based change across the organisations in which she worked, extending to other African countries.


She is currently the Executive Director of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), a Pan African Organization whose regional office is based in Dakar and international offices in Geneva and New York - FAS works on women, peace and security in Africa.
Jamaica's Young Ambassador

Tameka Hill, a name to watch out for on the international arena in terms of gender initiatives and youth development. Tameka works as a Gender and Development Specialist and will be delivering a speech at the opening reception of Every Woman Inspired on the 22nd November, keeping the theme in mind of Health, Wealth and Inspiration.
 
Tameka is currently the Jamaican Youth Ambassador and represents the country's youth at national and international level. Having received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media and Communication and Cultural Studies, as well as a Master’s of Science degree in Gender and Development Studies, Tameka is equipped in speaking on a local and international level, empowering and inspiring as she goes along.


Protect The Girl Child Campaign (PGCC)

I had meetings at the beginning of September regarding the PGCC and its development. We have collaborated with One Billion Rising, (Eve Ensler’s V Day organization) and we will be hosting our second event in April, which aims to high light the various forms of abuse against women and the girl child globally.

As many of you may know, we have been fundraising for the establishment of a creative training centre of entrepreneurialship, where women will train and trade with each other on a global scale. We met with a woman who came across our work on the internet. She was very impressed with our campaign and wanted to know our future plans as she was a philanthropic and wanted to see if our ethos matched her own. I spilt my guts to her, and a few of my colleagues said I gave too much away, that this woman may now run with our idea and do her own.

This doesn’t worry me, as long as the objective of establishing the centre is met, I really don’t mind who does it, although I’m so passionate about it that I would want to be involved.

My philanthropic friend has given me some good pointers to expand the process. I’m so far impressed with the information she has disseminated, and she liked many things I said, but one word that she liked was; ‘self sustaining.’ I told her that was the only way we did things at WIN and EWI.
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And that’s me for now . . . I leave you with this quote: believe in yourself and all that you are – know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.

More health, wealth, love and joy!

 
Rasheda ‘Ginja’ Ashanti Malcolm,
Author, Broadcaster, Activist, CEO of WIN and The Wilde Foundation and director of Every Woman Inspired.
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