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The 2011 YOWLI Monologues Crew

The 2011 YOWLI Monologues
After a whirlwind two weeks in New York for the CSW, the AWOMI delegation is back on the continent. Our premiere edition of the YOWLI Monologues was launched on March 1st in New York with the theme: Young African Women Speak Out on Climate Change, SRHR and Youth Leadership, and from the reviews we’ve gotten, it was a successful event which employed a creative approach at highlighting the linkages between climate change and sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues. The YOWLI Monologues crew consisted of Tantely Ravelomanana (YOWLI ’06 – Madagascar), Omar Dibba (YOWLI ’08 – Gambia), Esther Sheehama (YOWLI ’08- Namibia), Moiyattu Banya (YOWLI ’08 – Sierra Leone), Nwanneka Nnoli (YOWLI ’10 – Nigeria), Sahiya Umuhoza (YOWLI ’10 – Rwanda), Musa Soko (YOWLI ’10 – Sierra Leone),  AWOMI Web Manager Kudzanai Chizarura (Zimbabwe), and AWOMI Program Coordinator Jemila Abdulai (Ghana). We would like to extend an arm of gratitude to each member of the YOWLI Monologues crew and also to our panel chair, UN-Women Africa Section Chief Letty Chiwara, AWOMI Mentor Yassine Fall, AWOMI Board Member Arame Tall and YOWLI Facilitator Hameda Deedat for their unfailing support and guidance.

For those of you who were unable to join us in New York, we invite you to relive the YOWLI Monologues experience by checking out our photos on the AWOMI Facebook Page. Over the next couple of weeks we will be putting up videos of the monologues as performed by the YOWLI graduates, as well as The 2011 YOWLI Monologues Script. We hope these insights will stimulate awareness, discussions and action on the attendant challenges of climate change, particularly as it concerns women and youth across Africa.

AWOMI Delegation with some UN-Women Africa Division Staff

AWOMI Participation in UN-Women Youth Event
As part of the CSW, AWOMI partnered up with the UN-Women Africa section to hold a youth side event on March 2, 2011 called Youth Perspective on Development: Gender Equality and New Technologies. YOWLI 2010 graduate Musa Soko participated in the panel event while AWOMI Coordinator Jemila Abdulai moderated the town hall discussion. A warm thanks to Letty Chiwara and the UN-Women Africa team for all their consideration and assistance. Kindly find a video of the entire event.