WOMEN AND CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN AFRICA
WACRIA officially launched on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at Hotel RL in Brooklyn, New York and was attended by 100+ guests. The afternoon featured a live performance by Olayinka Ehi and live music by world renowned DJ, Eli Fola. Our sponsors Oye Shea Butter, Spot by Dots, and Izu & Vash were in attendance.
WACRIA's launch party served to generate constructive dialogue on the importance of furthering the development of women and children in Africa and the Diaspora. The panel was moderated by Chizi Duru, hair and beauty guru and featured panelists Sam Desalu of Desalu Naturals, artist, Ojo Agi, and human rights advocate, Georgina Mugugu.
LAUNCH PARTY RECAP
July 29, 2017
SAM DESALU, FOUNDER OF DESALU NATURALS & CO-FOUNDER OF AFRIKA FIFTY6
Nigerian entrepreneur and philanthropist Sam Desalu, is the owner of De Salu Naturals, a natural products brand, and co-founder of Afrika Fifty6, a charitable organization that uses fashion, art and music to raise awareness and funds to help the less fortunate in Africa. Sam has done amazing work to raise hundreds and thousands of dollars to provide resources and services for the people of Africa. Since being founded in 2013, Afrika Fifty6 has raised over $250,000 in support for charities in Africa. Currently, Afrika Fifty6 is partnered with three charities in Africa: Bless a Child Foundation, School for Life and Alive Medical Services.
GEORGINA MUGUGU, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE
In 2016, Georgina spent most of her summer in Beijing working as a Graduate Research Assistant for UN Women. During this time, she produced research on various topics on ending violence against women, women's economic empowerment, and women's involvement in peace and security missions. She was also able to visit Rwanda on a human rights delegation, where she was to work with several organizations that advocate for women and youth in the country. She has recently received her Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown University and is keen to focus on and tackle some of Africa's unique secutirty challeneges.
OJO AGI, ARTIST BEHIND 'DAUGHTER'S OF DIasPORA'
Ojo Agi is a Nigerian visual artist born and raised in Canada. She earned her degree from the University of Ottawa in Health Sciences and Women’s Studies, focusing her learning on globalization, post-colonialism and anti-racist feminist theory. Her interests in hybrid identities, diasporic realties and the racialized gendered experience of women of colour translate into her practice as an artist, resulting in detailed portraits that explore the intersections of race, gender and culture. Her critically acclaimed series “Daughters of the Diaspora” project challenges the stereotypes placed on millennial African women living in Western countries as they navigate their identities under both the white Western gaze and the male gaze. Through her signature style, Ojo’s portraits center and celebrate black African women’s beauty from their perspective.