The International Women’s Day has gained great momentum in the international space. It is a day of celebrating achievements in gender equality while remembering the struggles that women still face.

Countries are stepping up their efforts in ensuring inclusive leadership. 2016 will be a year of great expectations in the development space following the historic launch of the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN has set the theme for this year “Planet 50-50: Step it up with Gender Equality” - an initiative that has seen governments ensure that challenges that hinder women and girls from participating in the development agenda are addressed.

Marie Chantal Uwitonze, Founder and President of ADNE

The need to emphasize the role played by women in the diaspora is of great importance.
On the 16th of March 2016, ADNE organized at the European Parliament the roundtable entitled “SheSolidarity: Achieving Diaspora Women’s empowerment” with the aim of creating the needed opportunity for the Diaspora Women to meet with influential women and policy makers from the EU, UN, Belgium. The roundtable addressed relevant and timely issues affecting women especially migrant and diaspora women. The round table discussed the issue of women rights in the wake of the migration crisis and highlighted challenges of integration by migrant and diaspora woman.

Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women's Lobby

Cécile Kyenge, Member of  the European Parliament  (S&D)

Hilde Vautmans, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE)

The Roundtable was in the line with African Union's Topic of the year 2016: African year of human rights with a special focus on the rights of women.
The empowerment of Diaspora Women is also consistent with the EU 2020 strategy, which aims at making the EU an inclusive economy by reducing poverty and social exclusion by 2020.

#‎SheSolidarity roundtable created an empowering opportunity and reaffirmed the spirit of inclusiveness needed in achieving the empowerment and socio- economic involvement of women in the diaspora.

Doreen Walsweer-Sore,Vice-President of ADNE


With this roundtable, ADNE marked an important turning point in the approach of addressing the challenges faced by Migrant and Diaspora Women by bringing them on board and involving them in the decision making process.
The conclusions from this roundtable will be compiled into a reference document and all the participants will be invited to enrich it. The outcome will enable us to produce a set of actionable points for diaspora women and policy makers to work on.

Kibassa Maliba, Minister of Economy ( Brabant Walloon Governement)

Latifa Aït-Baala, President of ILFAC and Member of the Administration Board of ADNE

Michele Rivasi, Member of the European Parliament (Green)

Dorah Ilunga, City Councillor at Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Mr. Elias Yala (Permenent Mission of African Union)


Any one who would like to share the experience and contribute to the report is welcome to contact ADNE via the email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We are looking forward to working with you!

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