Conferences

equality, empowerment & advancement

In August 1997 a few African meet and began to discuss their plight in Scotland.  We are not many and scattered all over Scotland.
We were worried about our children growing up in Scotland, about like employment opportunities for us and the children and lack of role models for the children.  We also see the new Scottish Parliament taking roots all sorts of Organisations and Ethnic Minorities Communities were positioning themselves to Influence the parliament. We do not see the African communities taking their position.  As usual, we wait until it is too late then complain that we have been left out.
We decided before we do anything we have to find out where we are and what we do then let others know about us. Therefore the idea of a conference was borne.   Below was the first letter to African Women in different cities and towns in Scotland.

The First African and African Diaspora Women’s Conference in Scotland

It is a fact that women of Africa and of African descent in Scotland have achieved many things in their various fields and are contributing their share to society.
These women are never seen or heard of in the public.
It is high time we raise our own profile and become more visible and be heard. It is time for us to come together and access our success, strength constraints and suggest ways forward. We need to identify each other, motivate, support, encourage and learn from each other. To set the ball rolling the African Women’s Group in Aberdeen has taken the initiative to organise a one day conference for African and African Diaspora women in 7th February 1998. The theme of the conference is about the visibility and the invisibility of the African Woman in Scotland.

 

The aims of the conference are:

  • To give African women space to share their views and perspectives.
  • To mobilise, empower and sensitise African Women in Scotland.
  • To reduce isolation
  • To raise the profile of African Women in Scotland.
  • To raise awareness of issues that affect African Women in their daily lives.
  • To dispel stereotypes and promote successful African Women as role models.
  • To positively promote African Culture to the public and especially to young Afro Scot children. Who may suffer identity crisis due to “pull and push” factors as a result of differences in cultures?

    * How to have a voice in the New Scottish Parliament.

Since then we have had two great conferences as shown below. Click and read the conferences papers.

 

2004 Conference

The aim of the 2004 conference in Aberdeen was to celebrate 10 years of African Women’s Group existence. Also to launch a book “African Women Speaking” giving voice to African women to narrate their own stories in this environment. Our problem has always been our invisibility and voicelessness, but no one is going to give us the audience or the voice. We have to tell our own stories.

Our Partners

Brazil | Rio de Janeiro

— Children Care Foundation

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Burkina Faso | Banfora

— All Children Foundation

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Benin | Cotonou

— The Children’s Foundation

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Burundi | Bujumbura

— Where Children Come First

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Cameroon | Douala

— Nobody’s Children Foundation

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