The CSW63 FAU Woman’s Manual – A digital Book prepared by FAU Chairman Hershel Daniels Jr.
Date: Dec. 14, 2017
Description: The FAU has issued this digital Friends of the African Union Women’s Manual in dedication to the 50 years of United Nations work by Queen Mother Dr. Delois Fatima Blakely at the close of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63). CSW63 took place at the United Nations Headquarters 11 to 22 March 2019 with a Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and a Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development. In Addition, this document really lays out well the history and the organizational structure of the FAU and how it operates. It also talks about the announcement of the African Dollar ICO (Cryptocurrency) and lays out the Black Folk’s Plan timeline.
The theme “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change” was used by the United Nations on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019. Friends of the African Union on International Women’s Day, honored women of the African Diaspora worldwide for their vital role in shaping and strengthening our communities, families, governments, and businesses.
Friends of the African Union (FAU) celebrated their vision, leadership, and courage in the face of institutional sexism, and we reaffirmed our commitment to promoting equal opportunity for the over 800M African women and girls worldwide.
Friends of the African Union has, since 2015, championed initiatives to promote women’s global economic and social empowerment through business, technology, and increased access to capital such as inclusion provisions in the $30B 5-year (2016-2020) bank-based community benefit agreement we, FAU, have signed, as one of 136 organizations to do so.
Friends of the African Union, as an American Civil Society Organization, established in 2012 will take advantage of initiatives of the US Government including the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, Canada–United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s 2X Women’s Initiative, and United States Agency for International Development’s Women Connect Challenge.
We are focused, at the Executive Level, with the National Security Presidential Memorandum that launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative. The W-GDP Initiative is structured to help at least 50 million women in developing countries fully and freely participate in their local economies by 2025. Our goal is to leverage this US Federal Government’s first integrated approach to global women’s economic empowerment initiative based on our concentration on African and African Diasporan women in developing countries, including those in the Americas (over 80 million women).
The W-GDP Initiative is meant to coordinate efforts with individuals in the private sector, civil society, diplomatic community, and Congress to promote workforce development and skills training, improve access to capital, and implement reforms that enable greater economic participation. FAU will focus our participation in W-GDP on making the workforce, in developing countries with African women (including African Diasporan), free of discrimination and injustice, using the work of the UN Women, which results in safer, stronger, and freer environments.
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