African Voices: Expressed Through Leadership and Courage

Vital Voices and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of African Affairs and Bureau of Public Affairs cordially inviteyou to attend a panel discussion with three extraordinary women whose dedication and leadership are changing lives and advancing peace and prosperity in their communities. 

The event will be moderated by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Cheryl Benton with opening remarks from Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Michael Pelletier.

The Panelists:

Dr. Hawa Abdi is an OB/GYN, lawyer and founder of The Hawa Abdi Village in Somalia where she and her two daughters - all trained in obstetrics and gynecology - care for 90,000 displaced persons, mostly women and children, who fled the violence or were abandoned by male family members who joined the fighting nearly two decades ago.  


Kah Walla is an entrepreneur, political leader, and activist recognized internationally for her commitment to Africa, its development, its women and its youth. As an entrepreneur, Kah launched her consulting firm, STRATEGIES!, which designs programs to empower professional women and to advocate for women's entrepreneurship and political participation.



Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya is the Founder and President of the EnKakenya Center for Excellence, an all girls' primary boarding school in Enoosaen, Kenya. The EnKakenya Center for Excellence not only provides education, but also is a vehicle to promote gender equity. In the process of enrolling their daughters in the school, parents are educated on the importance of girls education, and encouraged to commit to abandoning practices of FGM and forced/child marriage.    

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Wednesday April 3, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

U.S. Department of State
Loy Henderson Conference Room
2201 C Street NW
23rd Street Entrance (between C and D Streets, NW)
Washington, DC 20520

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