Universal Peace Federation – UK
Celebration of Africa Day 2015:
The Inspiring Things To Learn From, Or See Developing, In Africa
6.30 pm, 4th June 2015
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA
Justina Mutale: African Role Model and Women of the Year 2012
Pauline Long: Founder BEFFTA Awards, Media Figure
Charlotte Simon: Founder Mothers of Congo
Rukayat Aderewa Basaru: True African Heritage Media
We are honoured to invite you to attend a celebration of Africa Day 2015. We are happy to share this day with our friends and partners in the event. There are more full biographies below. Africa Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of a fast growing continent. There are many inspirational examples from nations like Botswana that is relatively free of corruption and has free education and health due to a growing economy based on diamonds. The family culture, (which really means the extended family) that is prevalent throughout Africa. The religosity of African people. The music and foods of different parts of the African continent, which always creates a welcoming atmosphere. The world comes to Africa for minerals and other resources. There is so much more to Africa to learn from and gain inspiration.
UPF International celebrates Africa Day each year. Several times this has been in the Manhattan Centre in New York with the UN Secretary General, Ban, Ki-Moon. It reflects the partnership between the African Union and UPF. There will be African food, music, cultural wisdom, story-telling and clothes.
Please come and celebrate with us. Kindly RSVP to reserve your place.
Robin Marsh: UPF-UK Secretary General Mobile: 07956210768
Margaret Ali: UPF-UK Director Mobile: 07723024750
Joyce Suda: UPF-UK Director Tel: 07903311052
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UPF has been campaigning with Mothers of Congo and TGFoundation for responsible sourcing of minerals by European companies. We have held a series of conferences in the European Parliament, the UK Parliament and in UK – UPF HQ, 43 Lancaster Gate in London. We were so pleased to hear the news that the European Parliament, despite fierce lobbying from businesses, has backed mandatory Conflict Minerals reporting by 880,000 European manufacturers.( http://ow.ly/NcIU3 ) This will protect EU Companies using these minerals, from the reputational risk of supporting sexual violence and genocide by financing proxy, and other, militias in eastern DRC.
Biographies of Speakers:
Acclaimed as one of the most influential and inspirational women of African origin, Justina Mutale is the AFRICAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2012, an honour bestowed upon Justina on the same platform as Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa as well as the former President of Malawi, The Rt. Hon. Joyce Banda and the former female Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, The Hon. Thokozani Khupe. Justina is also Honorary Ambassador for Gender Equality, a UPF Ambassador for Peace and a Spokesperson for the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S THINK TANK, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. Founder of POSITIVE RUNWAY, Global Catwalk to stop the spread of HIV, Justina has been featured as a Hero in the Capital Finance International Journal, which brings coverage and analysis of the drivers behind change by combining the views of leading multilateral and national organizations with thought leadership from some of the world’s top minds. Having gained global recognition for her ability, as a public personality to use her status to potentially influence the thinking of both Africans and non-Africans alike, Justina is featured among the 365 of Africa’s most respected names, well-known faces, and influential voices who inspire the future, motivate the young generation, and raise the profile to positively alter the perceptions of Africa and Africans around the world.
The Mother of two and entrepreneur was recently listed in the Black Women in Europe Power List as the most powerful and inspirational black women in Europe.
Pauline Long is the founder of Europe’s biggest award ceremony, the BEFFTA AWARDS, that celebrates and honours black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts. She is also the founder of Mr and Miss East Africa UK. She is a UPF Ambassador for Peace. As a passionate community personality and philanthropist, she mentors many youth in the industry and supports unsigned artists through her award-winning film studio, East End Studios. She hosts the Pauline Long show, a premier global TV talk show with a global audience broadcasting live from London on SKY 182-BEN TV, discussing current issues, politics, economy, beauty, fashion, entertainment, film, charity and more.
Charlotte Simon-Bongumba founded the Mothers of Congo to highlight both the horrors of mass rape and the genocide in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (www.mothersofcongo.org). She has called for the end to impunity for those who have committed rape or war crimes in the last 18 years in DRC. She has supported her daughter’s efforts to fund clinics in eastern DRC that deal with the victims of sexual violence. (www.tatianagiraudfoundation.org)
Mrs Simon-Bongumba was presented with Ambassador for Peace award, BEFFTA Award and the ‘African Achievers Award for Woman’s Empowerment’ for the ‘life changing work for the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo both home and abroad in an area as critical as sexual violence. As an individual and through the work of Mother of Congo your desire and practical commitment to transforming the destinies of women who have suffered horrific crimes has become a source of inspiration, hope and empower for many.’