On March 5, in honor of International Women’s Day, WANDA (Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics, and Agriculture) will host “Black Women Getting in Formation” to advance nutrition and agricultural advocacy in Washington, DC. The Founder of WANDA, Tambra Raye Stevenson, is kick-starting the Pan-African women’s movement as an initiative to encourage, engage, and empower women and girls to advance their education and leadership in agriculture, nutrition, and dietetics.” “Beyoncé claimed it. We just renamed our formation to farm to fork. We need more girls to aspire to be social entrepreneurs.”
According to a press release statement, the event is part of a fundraising launch for the newly slated initiative to support more women and girls of African descent to be leaders in the fields of agriculture, nutrition, and dietetics.“By investing in women and girls, we build local economies, improve the community’s health, build confidence to aspire for change,” says Stevenson. “In 2016, we will launch in Abuja, Nigeria, in May 2016 as well to support efforts there.”
The event will also honor entrepreneurs on a mission to advance women and girls in the diaspora. Here’s a snapshot of the honorees:
Social entrepreneur Rahama Wright of Shea Yeleen International recognized for her work in improving the lives of women. Wright is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. In 2005, Wright launched Shea Yeleen International, a 501(c)(3) organization that helps women in West Africa organize cooperatives and provides training on quality assurance and microenterprise development.
Julian Kiganda, founder, and CEO of Bold and Fearless – as a community organizer with African Diaspora for Change, she has chaired star-studded events and led critical community dialogues, while developing culturally-relevant programming. She’s also traveled all over the United States and to the Caribbean exhibiting and teaching East African dance, music, and culture with Mbuutu of Uganda.
DeShuna Moore Spencer, a social entrepreneur and journalist is also the founder and CEO of KweliTV (the black “Netflix”), the Internet video streaming network for the black consumer. For more than five years, Moore Spencer has been the founding publisher of emPowermagazine.com. She is also the producer/radio host of emPower Hour on DC’s 89.3 FM WPFW, where she discusses social justice and human rights issues.
Mukami Kinoti Kimotho, founder and CEO of Joodj Fashion and Mukami TV – is the face, voice, and creative officer for MúkamiTV (www.Mukami.TV) – a WebTV platform dedicated to amplifying diverse voices on globally and socially relevant issues. She is leveraging the power of this socially-enabled platform to amplify the voices of everyday individuals doing extraordinary things; to humanize the celebrity experience by spotlighting the ‘real people behind the fame’; to offer beyond entertainment, the meaningful opportunity to contribute to social good endeavors.