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Wilde International Network Newsletter October 2013
It’s Black History Month here in the UK, and for the Every Woman Inspired team, we’re six weeks away from touching down in Jamaica for that inaugural event. We are excited, we are nervous, we are happy, we are terrified. I can be honest with you and tell you that we’ve had our moments of panic – and that’s putting it mildly.

But with six weeks to go its count down and we are smartly working over the bumps of disappointments, and we continue to climb over the mountains of challenges sent to test us... and we rise to each, because that deep burning inside is bigger than any obstacle that comes our way.

October Issue

We push on because it’s imperative that we raise the awareness of all the inspiring, motivational, compassionate, entrepreneurial women rocking the universe with their energy, their talent and their worth. They deserve this global platform.
Every Woman Inspired (EWI)

On the 23rd of November, the second day of EWI, NLP Practitioner, Radio Presenter, Life Coach and Word sound Artist, Marcia ‘Culture’ Gordon will be hosting her workshop: Thriving at Twenty, Transformed at Thirty, Fabulous at Forty, Fulfilled at Fifty, Still Sexy at Sixty, and Specialist Midwife at St Georges Hospital, Denise Henry will make a presentation on FGM.
Marcia 'Culture' Gordon (left) & Denise Henry (right)
International Day of the Child

Friday 11th October was the second International Day of the Girl, and we took a page out of The Girl Effect (a movement created by the Nike Foundation) who featured the faces of eight young girls from around the world whose dreams for the future was inspirational. We will share our own images of inspiration with you before the end of the year.

Protect The Girl Child Campaign

Protect The Girl Child Campaign will be launching its ‘Sponsor A Girl’ scheme in April 2014, which aims to financially assist girls to continue with their schooling by pledging as little as twenty pounds per month. We have collaborated with ICAS, an international organisation based in Jamaica who work with teenage mothers and victims of abuse. I’ll certainly keep you in the loop about this.

An Event Not To Miss... Stories From Between

Join the Gateway to Heaven Poets for a night of poetry, prose, narrative, and songs in an evening following the sexual evolution of the black woman. Covering subject matters such as love, sex, incest, womanhood, and the show sold out at the Harrow Arts Centre two years ago. You will cry, you will laugh, you will feel angry but you will come away with stories of triumphs over pain. It’s a must see.
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Jessica Huntley - RIP
When the writer and storyteller, Akuba called me early on 14th October, something way in the back of my mind jumped. Akuba doesn't call me at those hours. So when she told me in a tear choked voice that Jessica Huntley had passed away, I immediately felt sad at the lost of such a library of information, because there was so much more to Jessica.
When I completed my Media Studies degree, my dissertation was on 'Black Women Writers and their Contribution to the Black Publishing Industry.' Jessica was an enormous source of information, her being one of the fore runners of black publishing in the UK. She invited me to her home and over tea and biscuits, she took me through what it was like in those days, being black and in university in the UK... it was a struggle just being black.

Jessica was married to her husband, Eric for over 60 years and in his words 'were like twins'. They started Bogle L'ouverture Publications in 1968 with massive encouragement and practical support from the late John La Rose and from Sarah White. BLP was established at about the same time that the late Walter Rodney was banned from returning to Jamaica by the government led by Hugh Shearer, a ban which sparked what became known as 'the Rodney Riots' and led to the Bogle-L'Ouverture publication of Rodney's seminal work 'The Groundings with my Brothers'.  

We give thanks for her long and purposeful life, as she joins the realm of our ancestors to be acknowledged as one of our sheros.
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And that’s me for now... I leave you with this thought:

One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.

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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