The African Women’s Development Fund-USA (AWDF-USA) recently announced a cocktail gala event for the 15-year anniversary celebration of the African Women’s Development Fund. The event is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 16, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Millennium Plaza Hotel located at 1 United Nations Plaza in Manhattan.


Leymah Gbowee joins global activists’ Musimbi Kanyoro, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Abenia Busia at AWDF Cocktail Gala

AWDF Cocktail Gala at CSW60 (

Entitled “Passionate Legacies: A Celebration and Fundraiser for the African Women’s Development Fund @ 15the event will host founders, grantees, partners, community members as well as the passionate legacies, achievements, work and history of AWDF.  The event will occur during the 60th installation of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations head offices in New York City.



Special confirmed guests include notable women’s rights activists such as:

1) AWDF Co-founder and first CEO: Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

2) AWDF CEO: Theo Sowa

3) AWDF Director of Programs Jessica Horn

4) AWDF Special Programs Manager: Abigail Burgesson

5) Nobel Peace Laureate: Leymah Gbowee

6) Global Fund CEO and President: Musimbi Kanyoro

7) India country Representative for the Ford Foundation: Kavita Ramdas


The invite-only affair will include a cocktail hour and two live performances from recording artist and prominent leader in the Pan African movement, Maame Afon Yelbert-Obeng. The event will also commemorate African women through the dual launch of “Voice, Power and Soul II,” a book that illustrates the success stories of African women feminist, and “Sheroes,” an AWDF Compilation CD that includes music, poetry, short films, and videos from artists such as Angelique Kidjoe, Nneka, Somi, Maame Afon- Yelbert Obeng, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and many other African women.


Leymah Gbowee joins global activists’ Musimbi Kanyoro, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Abenia Busia at AWDF Cocktail Gala

Moiyattu Banya, AWDF-USA Advisory Board Volunteer (

“AWDF USA provides a vehicle for effective American philanthropy to Africa that builds the capacity of the continent’s women for social change and sustainable development,” said Moiyattu Banya, AWDF-USA advisory board volunteer. “This event is an important platform to elevate the visibility of our work with the US Diaspora, empowering and engaging African women currently living in the United States.”


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