Author: Marie Abanga

Here I took a picture of them at the EU-Development days on the eve of the WIP Summit. I went there to secure H.E Ellen Johnson's participation at the summit and you can all imagine my joy.

The Women In Parliaments Global Forum: Advancing female political participation globally!

The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) is an independent, international and non-partisan foundation established with the purpose of advancing society by building a network between Women in Parliaments. Today’s world is a volatile, complex and interdependent one. As the only global forum reaching out to all female parliamentarians on national level, WIP endeavours to find ways to address global challenges by using the collective strength and ability of women in parliaments across the world. WIP is determined to encourage and educate society to lean more on the untapped potential and talent of women. WIP would like to see an increasing number of women representatives in parliaments around the globe. WIP is a foundation that was set up in April 2013 to serve as a platform for female parliamentarians from all the world, where the over 9000 women could come and discuss issues hindering their political participation in their communities and countries. The first summit was convened in November 2013, hosted by the European Parliament, which saw the active participation of over 400 female parliamentarians from all five continents. Remarkable …

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My Heroine for All Time: Beatrice Achaleke

This month we are celebrating women who inspire us! So, I want to share with you the profile and bond I have with a very dynamic, dedicated and accomplished woman. Beatrice Achaleke is World Diversity Leadership Summit’s (WDLS) strategic partner for Europe. Beatrice was also the Founding Executive Director of the International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives AFRA until its transition in 2006.  She is the initiator of the first Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna 2007 and current president of the Black European Women’s Council. In 2008 Beatrice was the first black woman to stand for parliamentary elections in Austria. She was featured as the third most powerful and influential black woman in Europe, by the award-winning blog Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2010. Ms. Achaleke has many years of training and experience in the fields of diversity management, intercultural communication, lobbying, networking, mentorship, anti-racism, migration and integration, minorities and community empowerment as well as development policies. She studied Sociology at the University of Vienna, Austria and Law at the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon. Beatrice …

Ten year old Sadiye Abubakar, admitted to Barbara May Hospital in Mille, Afar with her mother Sofya, unable to pass urine for more or less a month. Photo Credit: UNICEF Ethiopia, Colville-Ebeling

Female Genital Mutilation: Facts and the Way Forward!

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the cutting, or partial or total removal, of the external female genitalia for cultural, religious, or other non-medical reasons. It is usually performed on girls between the ages of four and ten. It is also called female circumcision. According to WHO, more than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where FGM is concentrated. Furthermore, due to migration, surprising numbers of cases of FGM are coming to light in other parts of the world as well. There is a need to raise awareness of the prevalence of FGM among healthcare providers in these settings to offer appropriate care for women with FGM, and to eliminate this practice. The 6th of February is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Now, when we look at the statistics, we begin to wonder if we could ever someday affirm that the practice can be or has been eradicated! According to this recent fact sheet by WHO, the global statistics …