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SPLM Leaders in Canada Defected to the Opposition; Declared Kiir’s Government ‘Genocidal’

Sudan Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM – in Opposition)
Declaration of SPLM members and leaders in Canada (Chapters) to join SPLM-In-Opposition

Revolutionary Greetings

Dear Comrades,

Canada, June 2, 2014 (SSNA) -- We salute you in the name of our beloved sovereign nation, the Republic of South Sudan and the name of our political party. You might already been thoroughly briefed on the political nature of the aggression presently occurring in our country. You have learned and are aware about the unfolding situation and the genocide that has been deliberately carried out by the government of South Sudan under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. This war which was imposed on the people of South Sudan by the regime in Juba has not only devastated the whole country but brought shame and profound humiliation to the people of South Sudan in general and particularly to the SPLM party members. This is a war that has been preplanned for long time within the inner circle of SPLM Party by few individuals whose aim is to impose their person ambition on the people of South Sudan.

On December 15, 2013, the secret strategic plan of targeting people from the Nuer tribe was executed by privately trainedethnic base militias from Warrap and Northern Bhar Elghazal (Aweil) states with the help of South Sudan National Security Forces in Juba which has resulted in ethnic massacre and army division in which more than 17,000 people from the Nuer ethnic group alone were arbitrary targeted and murdered in cold blood. Despite numerous attempts made by some concerned citizens within and outside of the SPLM Party, the chairman of our political party and president of our country did not heed the call of the citizens and of the stakeholders in order to save the country from the imminent danger. The President and the regime opposed all attempts to bring democracy and good governance and instead, the regime and president decided to rule the country with iron fists. Ill advises from wrong advisors and wrong elements within the president’s inner circle; whose objective is to see the fulfilment of their selfish ambitions, have surpassed the wishes of the majority of SPLM Party members and the people of South Sudan.

The level of crimes committed during our struggle against the successive regimes in Khartoum did not reach to the same level where the crimes committed by South Sudan government against its people in Juba on December 15-19/2014 have reached. The regime does not even differentiate those who are its loyal supporters from those who are its staunch opponents. It doesn’t care, for as long as you are from a certain ethnic group perceived to be a threat to the government; your life is in danger. The following events expose the intentions of the government and clearly describe the real nature of what is taking place.

The murdering of more than 17,000 innocent Nuer people in Juba between December 15-19, 2014 in which government war tanks and heavy military vehicles were used to crash down alive Nuer innocent women and children simply because they were Nuer.

The massacre of about 145 Nuer IDPs in Bor town initiated and organised by the government of South Sudan and the plan was executed and put into action by Dinka Bor Youth, with direct help from the organised forces under the command of Lt. General Malual Ayom

Murdering of 220 Nuer trainees in Mapel, Western Bhar Elghazal State in which unarmed Nuer government soldiers who considered themselves part of the government and loyal supporters to the president and the regime were cold bloodily murdered by their trainers and the people who were supposed to protect their lives. This is a horrible event that sent out a strong signal to all those who considered themselves loyal supporters to the government that no matter how hard you try to please the government or the president, your life is at stake as long as you are from an ethnic group perceived to be a threat to the regime.

The hiring of foreign troops (Mercenaries) whose primary interest is not only to help President Salva Kiir finishing off his fellow countrymen but to see that their own interest of wanting the people of South Sudan remain in status quo of being incapable of standing on their own economically and educationally. The real intention of some of the foreign troops fighting rebels in South Sudan is to kill everyone perceived to be an obstacle to their dirty project they have planned to implement in the near future in South Sudan. The use of internally banned weapons such as “The Cluster Bomb” is a clear indication of ultimate goal of President Salva Kiir’s allies. The Cluster Bomb used by President Kiir’s allies (The Uganda) will have long lasting harmful effects not only the people who were exposed to it during the confrontation but also to the residents of the local areas where the Bomb exploded.

The untold suffering of civilians residing at the IDPs camps across various states in South Sudan where 90% are people from the Nuer ethnic group. The life of these people is always at risk from government soldiers who openly attack them with guns and tanks.

With all the above-mentioned facts, we the SPLM members from various chapters across Canada are convinced that the current regime under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the chairperson of our political party is not for the common interest of our people and the SPLM party members.    

We SPLM Canada Chapters members want to make it clear to the people of South Sudan and International Community that we cannot tolerate or honor a dictatorship with all kinds of human rights abuses. Therefore, we voluntarily express our collective solidarity to join Democratic Freedom Fighters (People’s Revolution) and we are calling for democratic reforms to restore peace, rule of law and unity among South Sudanese citizens at home and in Diasporas under the SPLM In-Opposition leads by DR. Riek Machar Teny. We also urge the people of South Sudan, local leaders, friends and our allies to give us their solid supports, participations and their continuous contribution for freedom, democracy, and prosperity.

As you recall for our long historical struggle against the successive Islamic Regimes in the Old Sudan, we came out of it through the conduct of South Sudan Referendum of January 9, 2010, where the majority of our citizens overwhelmingly voted 98.8% for secession. On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became an independent nation with defined national borders and territorial sovereignty in Africa. We strongly felt our hard work of fifty years of struggle and the loss of 2.5 million lives had been paid off. Nevertheless, the oppression didn’t end with the independence as we thought. A new institutionalization of tribalism immediately emerged under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Therefore, we strongly reject the institutionalization of tribalism, dictatorship, political censorship, injustice, violation of National Transitional Constitution, Human rights abuses and the like. Thus, we are determined to fight to achieve true democracy to transform South Sudan into a Free State through the rule of law, accountability, transparency in the governance and the establishment of federalism base on decentralization system.

“Federalism (Federal System)

What is federalism, and why is it considered to be good for the Republic of South Sudan? We convince with one of Canada’s foremost constitutional experts, Honourable Eugene A. Forsey who explained in 1904-1091 that, “A federal state is one that brings together a number of different political communities with a common government for common purposes, and separate state or provincial…..governments for the particular purpose of each community”. For instance, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, [and Ethiopia] are all federal states. Federalism combines unity with diversity, it provides, as Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, said, “A general government and legislature for general purposes with local governments and legislatures for local purposes”(1867). South Sudan will not be a viable state without legitimate party SPLM used to b but declined.

Political parties: South Sudanese wanted to realize that government system could not work without political parties whether two or more. Federal parties were not created by any law, though they are recognized by the law. We the people created them as we did to create the SPLM Party in 1983. All political are voluntary associations for the people who hold broadly similar opinions on public questions. SPLM Party cannot bring public trust from members and citizens under the current regime in Juba unless we, the members transform it”

We wish all our brothers and sisters from the SPLM under President Kiir’s leadership good luck and we thanks and appreciate those whom we serve and those who serve us for all this time.

Signed:

1. Samuel Hoth Dak – Chairperson, Provincial Secretariat, Saskatchewan
2. John Jok Dawech – Deputy Chairperson, Provincial Secretariat, Alberta Canada
3. Ruth Thomas Maluit – Secretary for Finance, Ontario Provincial Secretariat
4. Kang Kok Thach – General Secretary, Provincial Secretariat, Alberta Canada
5. Tor Gach Malou – Secretary for Youth League, Provincial Secretariat, Alberta Canada
6. Yohana Jok Duop – Chapter Leader, Greater Toronto, Ontario Canada
7. John Chuol Bol – Chapter Leader, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
8. Gattuor Loch Bakam – Chapter Leader, Hamilton, Ontario Canada
9. William Deng Loach – Chapter Leader, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada
10. David Kim Mark – Chapter Secretary for Finance, Greater Toronto, Ontario Canada
11. Jack Koang Hoth – Chapter Secretary for Finance, Kitchener, Ontario Canada
12. Thomas Tut Kun – Former Chapter Leader, Greater Toronto, Ontario Canada
13. Riek Both – Former Chapter Leader, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada
14. Simon Taidor Mach – Volunteer member, Kitchener, Ontario Canada
15. Mayang Gattuor Kun – Volunteer member, Greater Toronto, Ontario Canada
 
Sudan Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM – In - Opposition)
SPLM Leaders and Members in Canada have Joined SPLM-In- Opposition
Declaration of SPLM Canada Chapters Members to SPLM In Opposition
 
Sub: Meeting of the general assembly (Chapter)
Venue: Nuer Community Center
May 24/2014

Main agenda(s):

1. General briefing on the development of the current situation and the status of the SPLM leadership in Canada
2. Declaration of individuals SPLM members to the SPLM-In-Opposition
3. Registration of the new members
4. Proposed interim committee
5. Next meeting/country wide declaration
6. Other

Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa could become President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on June 11, 2014, unless the world comes to its senses

New York, June 1, 2014 (SSNA) -- Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama, and other leaders from UN Member Countries would be guided and controlled by Mr Kutesa, if he becomes the UN General Assembly President.

Currently, Mr. Kutesa’s boss Gen. Museveni, harbours the leader of the M23 rebels group, Sultani Makenga, already on the UN sanctions’ list. Ugandan government refused to hand over Makenga to the Congolese authorities or to the International Criminal Court to answer charges of crimes against humanity.

Norman Miwambo caught up with Milton Allimadi, who recently launched an online petition against Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Kutesa from becoming President of the UN General Assembly. Here is an exclusive interview Allimadi.

Q. In briefly, can you tell the readers, who you’re and what exactly drove you to the extreme and start this crusade.

MA: I publish The Black Star news www.blackstarnews.com and I hail from Uganda. I live in New York City. I consider myself a Pan-African and care about what happen to African people everywhere. I believe Africa, perhaps the richest continent in terms of natural resources, has been held back due to the culture of political tyranny, impunity and misgovernance. I don't believe what I'm doing is a crusade or extreme in any measure. This is the type of global citizen activism that people all over the world should engage in. Would you allow the Mafia to guard a bank? 

Q. You sound to be in a very good position with vast knowledge about Mr Sam Kutesa. Who is this gentleman?

MA: Mr. Kutesa is a lawyer by profession. By occupation he is the foreign affairs minister of Uganda. That means he is the architect of how the regime of General Yoweri Museveni markets itself to the rest of the world. The outside face of the regime which has been there for 28 years. General Museveni is a ruthless tyrant and Mr. Kutesa is the architect of Museveni's foreign policy which has been characterized by wars of aggression against neighboring countries, ethnic cleansing, and plunder of resources.

Q. In your petition, you mention lots of incredible human rights abuses and attribute them to Mr Kutesa's boss. How can you convince the readers that all what you mentioned in the petition are not fiction but facts?

MA: The human rights abuses sound incredible only to those hearing them for the first time and this is often because the Ugandan regime is considered an ally of Washington and London, for geopolitical reasons, so many of the crimes are ignored by establishment media such as The New York Times and the BBC.

All these things are widely known and documented by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The Petition are not just by words but if readers go through the Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, they will see that there is a link to a reference or sourcing to all the statements of the Petition. The International Court of Justice issued a ruling that Uganda did in fact engage in a war of aggression against Congo. During that war of aggression Congolese civilians were murdered or raped. Congo's resources were plundered. Congo was awarded from $6 billion to $10 billion, which Uganda has not yet paid. How is this fiction? The Wall Street Journal reported on June 8, 2006 that General Museveni contacted Kofi Annan who was then Secretary General of the United Nations and asked him to block an investigation by the International Criminal Court of the same crime for which the International Court of Justice had already ruled that Uganda was liable for. How is this fiction? Clearly General Museveni feared that he would have been indicted. There is no statute of limitation on those Congo murders and I don't see why the ICC should not continue the case. But instead of continuing the case against General Museveni and other senior Uganda military officers involved in the crimes against Congo, where some estimates says more than 7 million people may have now perished through the many wars, we are instead talking about General Museveni's foreign minister becoming President of the United Nations General Assembly? Has the world gone mad? Even George Orwell could not dream up such a scenario.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB114971481626174102?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114971481626174102.html

Q. For those who haven’t seen or read your petition; can you remind us the issues you raised that contained in your petition?

MA: The Petition is found on http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-sam-kutesa-from-becoming-president-un-gen-assembly

The issues are very clear. Uganda, and the country's foreign minister Sam Kutesa, represent the antithesis of the ideals of the United Nations Organization, which is global peace and stability and the rights of all citizens regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, political beliefs or sexual orientation. A country that epitomizes conflict through wars of aggression, domestic political repressionsm at home and abroad, inciting violence against sexual minorities through the Anti-Homosexuality Act, does not deserve to have its foreign minister as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization. This would be the zenith of hypocrisy. This would be very preposterous.

Q. You  specifically petitioned the US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Member Countries, what reactions have you received?

MA: The Petition itself has now been signed over 2,500 people as we speak. The Petition is addressed to Secretary Kerry because he is in a unique position to stop this potential outrage. All he has to do is revoke Sam Kutesa's visa and he would not be able to come to the United Nations for that post. There is precedent of the Secretary of State using that power as you know. In April when it was revealed that Iran's newly designated Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, was one of the students who seized hostages at the American embassy in Tehran in 1979, the U.S. refused to issue him a visa. Surely the same can be done for the foreign minister of a country found liable for the crime of a war of aggression against a neighboring country with the attendant bloodshed that continues today? Surely the same can be done for the foreign minister of a country that the ICC launched an investigation into its alleged war crimes in the Congo. Surely it can be done for a foreign minister who was named in a memo to the State Department in October 2009 by then U.S. ambassador to Uganda Jerry Lanier as one of three ministers whom General Museveni was unwilling to hold accountable for corruption?

Secretary Kerry through a spokesperson has replied that he has publicly denounced Uganda's homophobic Anti-Homosexuality Act. We are waiting for him to respond as to his position on Sam Kutesa's candidacy. The Petition is gaining traction and already two U.S. Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both of New York and both very influential, have issued strong statements questioning Kutesa's candidacy. We expect more elected representatives to issue statements and to ask Kerry to do the right thing.

Q. Are you contented with the kind of reaction from John Kerry?

MA: I am please that the momentum continues to build. I imagine Secretary Kerry will take a position soon on behalf of the United States. Either way, the facts against Kutesa's candidacy will remain the same.

Q . What about reaction from other UN Member Countries?

MA: As you know the United Nations operates in a secretive manner. Representatives of most of the member countries are aware of the Petition. The U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has not responded and we would not expect him to at this point. Kerry's decision would be most effective. Of course it would be good if the victim of Uganda's multiple wars of aggression, the Democratic Republic of Congo, through its representatives, made a statement about Kutesa's candidacy.

Q .   A layman would like to know, if succeed and become President of the UN General Assembly, what would be Mr Kutesa’s role?

MA: I think his record speaks for itself as does the record of his boss, General Museveni. Mr. Kutesa himself personally is burdened with numerous allegations of serious corruption and in 1999 he was actually censured by Uganda's Parliament for corruption. The transcripts of the proceedings are quite chilling, not only in terms of the charges, but the apparent arrogance he displayed. I would advise everyone who takes the United Nations seriously to read those transcripts. At one time after we wrote about the matter on the Huffingtonpost.com we saw that the one transcript that was online was removed. After we mentioned that attempt to conceal information, it was restored. Now there are even more transcripts than before which means there are also people in Uganda who don't want Kutesa to embarrass the country by getting the post.  Kutesa was censured after Parliament heard how, through serious conflict of interest, he essentially siphoned millions of dollars away from Uganda Airlines into his own private company Entebbe Handling Services, or ENHAS. What would you expect him to do at the United Nations?

Q. Again can you remind us over what period Mr. Kutesa would be carrying out this role?

MA: The United Nations General Assembly Presidency is a one-year position. The post rotates among the world's regions. This year is Africa's turn. Should Kutesa not get the post I imagine that Cameroon's foreign minister, who had withdrawn, would resume his candidacy.

Q. With the kind of information and your knowledge about Mr. Kutesa, if you were President Obama’s advisor; how would you advise him before attending important meetings controlled and chaired by Mr. Kutesa?

MA: The fact are known to the United States administration, through the several cables sent by the United States ambassador to the State Department, some of which were published by Wikileaks.

It would be most inappropriate for President Obama and many other world leaders to attend the General Assembly if Sam Kutesa presides as President in September. Secretary of State Kerry should do the right thing and ensure that this does not happen. The U.S. should not feel beholden to Uganda because there are thousands of Ugandan troops in Mogadishu helping to stabilize Somalia. That is not General Museveni's private army. He always threatens to withdraw them in order to blackmail the U.S. He can't even afford to do so. How would he pay to maintain them in Uganda? The U.S. pays for their upkeep in Somalia and the U.S. also provides the regime with hundreds of millions of dollars for its upkeep. Museveni needs the U.S. more than they need him.

Q . Morally; what kind of precedent will this set if Mr Kutesa sail through and take charge of such important position?

MA: It would seriously undermine the United Nations and expose it to more ridicule and humiliation.

Q .  Now, it’s less than 3 weeks to the D-day date, how  successive is your crusade?

MA: That is not how we should assess things. In life one must always do what they believe is the right thing. Even if Kutesa somehow gets the post, we will continue exposing why he is not suitable for the position.

Q. When you step back for a moment; do you have specific evidences to support the issues you raised against Mr Kutesa?

MA: I have already told you about the available documentation. In terms of the crimes against Congo people can access the information through the websites of the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. In terms of Kutesa himself people should start with the transcripts of the Parliamentary censure of 1999 when 152 members against 94 voted to censure him. And this Parliament was dominated and controlled by his own colleagues in the National Resistance Movement ruling party -- so imagine that.

Q.  What would be an appropriate number of signatures to have your petition considered?

MA: There is no appropriate number. I believe we had about 30 after the first week. We now have 800 as of today. That is tremendous. Of course the more the better. I don't see that Kutesa's candidacy is rationally defensible. Perhaps only by Kutesa himself and by General Museveni. They don't believe in the ideals of the United Nations -- global peace and stability and non-discrimination. So why do they really want him as President of the General Assembly of the UN? There can only be ulterior motives including sending a signal to Ugandans that the outside world has no problem with General Museveni's brutal militarism outside and inside Uganda. That would be wrong.

Q . What do ask of the masses to see this petition sail through?

MA: I am very satisfied with the support coming from people from allover the world. People of various nationalities. The best thing is that more people have now becomed inbecomes thanks to Sam Kutesa, about the nature of the regime of General Museveni.

Q . This sound a very sensitive issue that the subject may feel aggrieved as his space been encroached. Are you not worried about the assets [secret agents] that could be dispatched to deal with you?

MA: Are you referring to assassination or personal harm to me? You cannot stop a person if they are determined to take desperate acts. I would hope that there would be serious consequences. We must never be cowed into silence when faced with serious crimes otherwise we aid and abet such crimes.

Q . Since you started this crusade a couple of weeks ago, what has been the kind atmosphere? I mean voices or messages from Mr Kutesa’s camp into your mailbox.

MA: I have been a journalist for more than 20 years now and stood up for what I believe to be the right thing all these years. I have covered stories where there was intimidation. A story where there was a potential bribe to kill the story, which I never considered for a second, that would have made be very wealthy. I have covered stories for victims that deprived my publication of tens of thousands of dollars in advertising because it was the right thing to do. Nothing intimidates me. Of course I do not invite, or wish for, suffering. But as I said, you always hope there would be serious consequences to anyone who harms you. 

Q . What message would you like to pass on the rest of the world before D-Day of June 11, 2014?

MA: Always stand up against injustice and spread the world. You will be pleasantly surprised to find out that there are many people out there who are willing to join the fight against injustice and crimes with impunity.

Miwambo is an exiled Ugandan journalist based in the United Kingdom.

South Sudan’s Deborah Akech Named Among Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

Moremi Initiative Announces 2014 MILEAD Fellows

Accra, June 1, 20014 (SSNA) -- Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa proudly announces the 2014 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership and Empowerment Development) Fellows. The twenty-six selected MILEAD Fellows represent Africa’s most promising young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of Africa. The Fellows were chosen through a highly competitive selection process with criteria based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments, and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

Ms. Deborah Akech of South Sudan was selected for her remarkable track record as a passionate advocate advancement of women and girls in South Sudan. In 2013, she graduated with a Second class Honours (Upper Division) in accounting from Ndejje University in Uganda, She has served in many leadership capacities, including among others, as the Secretary General for Ndejje University South Sudanese Students Association. She is also co-founder of the Association of South Sudanese Ladies in Uganda, an Association that is engaged in social, economic sensitization, Health, Education and leadership among young South Sudanese women studying in Ugandan Universities. Deborah is currently the Secretary General for Lakes Women’s League, an organization which she yearns to be empowered in order to combat socio-cultural injustices against women in South Sudan. Her early experiences instilled in her a sense of advocacy for girl-child education, and a need for increased visibility of girls and women in all areas of leadership in South Sudan. Her dream is to see that every young girl in Africa has the right to education, and that all women will be accorded their freedom irrespective of where they come from.

The 2014 MILEAD Fellows

Representing twenty-six African countries and the Diaspora, the 2014 Fellows epitomize a Pan-African diversity with multi-disciplinary academic, professional, and social backgrounds. Women’s economic empowerment, innovations in environmental justice, and political participation provide proof to this new generation of African women leaders with bold and inspirational leadership needed to lift Africa to its rightful place on a global stage. The 2014 Fellows are between the ages of 19 and 25, but are already actively leading change on pertinent issues, both at a grassroots and international level.

Here are the honoured 2014 Fellows:

1. Ms. Marlise Montcho [Benin]
2. Ms. Nicole Khumo Senuku [Botswana]
3. Ms. Kadija Simboro [Burkina Faso]
4. Ms. Delphine Konda [Cameroon]
5. Ms. Yelli M. Poda [Cote d’Ivoire]
6. Ms. Gloria Ramazani Mikala [DRC]
7. Ms. Marta Tsehay Sewasew [Ethiopia]
8. Ms. Patience Annankra [Ghana]
9. Ms. Faye Jainaba [Gambia]
10. Ms. Shiraz Saajida [Ghana]
11. Ms. Sianah Nalika DeShield [Liberia]
12. Ms. Patricia Chiumia [Malawi]
13. Ms. Williee Chonguiça [Mozambique]
14. Ms. Mofolasayo M. Adeniyi [Nigeria]
15. Ms. Christelle Kwizera [Rwanda]
16. Ms. Yacine Ndiaye [Senegal]
17. Ms. Irene Jacobs [Sierra Leone]
18. Ms. Rahma Elmi Du’ale [Somalia]
19. Ms. Kim Harrisberg [South Africa]
20. Ms. Deborah Akech [South Sudan]
21. Ms. Jihad Abdelgadir [Sudan]
22. Ms. Catherine Fidelis [Tanzania]
23. Ms. Rim Bettaieb [Tunisia]
24. Ms. Faith Namalwa [Uganda]
25. Ms. Sinqobile S Ndlovu [Zimbabwe]
26. Ms. Bernice Ofori [Diaspora/USA]

From over 1,260 applications from 42 countries, the selected Fellows of 2014 will become part of the growing MILEAD community of a powerful Pan-African network of change makers- a new generation of young women leaders. We salute all the applicants for their tremendous work and sacrifices, often under extremely difficult circumstances. Although only 28 candidates could be selected, we truly admire the courage and commitment of all of these leaders. We look forward to collaborating with all applicants through other platforms and future programs as we strive to create opportunities and attain dignity and justice for women in our communities and across the continent.

The 2014 MILEAD Fellows Institute

The MILEAD Fellows will converge in Accra, Ghana to kick-start the 2014 MILEAD Leadership Institute- a three-week intensive training program, which will be hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. The Institute will serve as a platform for Fellows to cross-examine concepts of leadership in a broad African context, cultivate the skills and experiences necessary to occupy and excel in leadership positions, and gain knowledge on cutting-edge issues critical to African women and their communities. In addition to knowledge building lectures, skills-training workshops, teambuilding activities, role plays and other interactive activities, Fellows will be mentored by experienced and accomplished women leaders who are committed to supporting and nurturing the next generation of African women leaders.

About The MILEAD Fellows Program

The MILEAD Fellows Program is a uniquely designed initiative committed to the long-term leadership development and promotion of Africa’s most promising young women leaders. Fellows go through a yearlong training and mentoring program, designed to build skills, strengthen networks, and support women’s leadership on critical issues. Over the course of the year, the selected Fellows progress through three phases. The first identifies and prepares Fellows through leadership development, networking, mentoring, and training. The second promotes the visibility and accomplishments of Fellows through media coverage and networking. And lastly, the third phase supports Fellows through career planning, management, and access to opportunities and resources. Moreover, Fellows will benefit from a lifelong solidarity and support through the MILEAD Network.

About Moremi Initiative

Founded in 2004, The Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa strives to engage, inspire, and equip young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social entrepreneurs, and change agents- leaders who can transform and change institutions that legitimize and perpetuate injustices and discrimination against women. We firmly believe that the full and active participation of women in leadership is a pre-requisite for positive change and development in Africa, and addresses the current problem of leadership imbalances. Moremi engages, inspires and equips a new generation of African women leaders.

For more information, contact Moremi Initiative: Tel: +1 917.327.5235 (USA) +233 242 901222 (GHANA) F: www.facebook.com/MoremiAfrica E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  W: www.moremiinitiative.org

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