The African Ivory Essen held its 4th edition of the International Women’s Day on the 11th of March 2017. This date was in keeping with the goal of the organisation to make it possible for as many people as possible to participate in the celebration. The normal day for the celebration is the 8th of March of every year. International Women’s Day was set aside to celebrate the contribution of women in the political, economic and social development of our world. The day is also an opportunity to think back on the progress so far made in the fight against gender inequality and the way forward.
It was in keeping with this tradition and the objective that the African Ivory Essen organized its 2017 International Women’s Day under the general theme “TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER:” The emphasis on the year’s event was on Development, Empowerment and Networking for Women. The African Ivory believes that any success against gender inequality must necessarily include the resolve of women to work together among themselves in the areas of development and empowerment.
The invitation was for all women and men irrespective of religious and political affiliation. It did not respect race.
The 2017 International Women’s Day provided opportunities of enlightenment for citizens to ask questions on state provisions for women development. Participants were able to ask questions and get answers directly from officers of the state with responsibilities on different areas of civic life.
About 250 women and men attended the 2017 International Women’s Day event.
The representative of the state included;
Mrs Konincks from Youths ministry Essen
Mrs Anastacia Böhm from Ministry of Employment/Job Center
Mr Martin Verfürth from Dakoniewerk Essen / Family Center
Mrs Elisabeth Yeboa Green Party Rattingen
Mr Bomheuer Chairperson Culture, Integration, and Sports Essen represented the Lord Mayor of Essen.
The International Women’s Day 2017 attracted guests from Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Brazil, Tanzania, Kenya, and Germany.
Guests were entertained with a fashion parade that showcased different African traditional fashions. East African women participants thrilled the guests with their cultural dance.
Groups that attended the occasion included;
Njangi Women’s group from East Africa
Friends 2008 from East Africa
Ladies of Victory and Encouragement (L. O. V. E.) Germany
Courageous Ladies Germany
SOBA FOUNDATION Germany
Moehly Online International Market
Miss Ivy Owusu moderated the occasion.