African Women in Europe Conference 2016


Date 18th June 2016 Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf Germany The African women in Europe (AWE) Conference is one of the projects run by the main organisation African Women in Europe (AWE) Network which was founded in 2008 by Joy Zenz and Co-Founder Wambui Njau. By recognising African Diaspora heroines and expert led conferences presented by African Women who have exhaled in their careers to motivate, inspire and encourage.

AWE brings together a powerful network of over 1000 women of distinction providing peer support through the AWE website. Members actively support each others projects, events and businesses. This has had a catalyst effect with no member being left behind, all excelling. There are several online forums that have intellectual and thought provoking discussions about issues affecting Africans globally, seek solutions and sharing resources related to business, employment and academic opportunities.

AWE have organised events in various cities in Europe. The first event was held in Madrid, Paris, Rome, Berlin, London, Geneva and this year in Dusseldorf. This network meets every year to recognise achievement and provide a platform for learning, empowerment and networking. The last event was a conference and glamorous award ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland on 20 June 2015. The theme of the conference was “Leadership and Honouring Women’s Rights.” For more info about past AWE Award events visit

Objectives and Aims.
To empower African women.
To support upcoming and existing entrepreneurs.
To positively reflect the image of an African woman in Europe.
To offer an informative and easy to manage networking platform.
To connect and form sustainable partnership among members .
To offer training, conferences and workshop online and off-line

AWE Conference theme for this year is Leadership and Integration for Change. The deadline for registration is 30 April 2016 and women and men are invited. This will have a powerhouse of speakers, entertainers and networking, finishing off with three course dinner and dance African way. We sold out in last years and the same will happen this year. Women are the cornerstone of society and AWE embodies the African saying “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” Proof of this is in our membership and their achievements both public and private.

Join in and be inspired, learn and contribute.Our Motto Together we are STRONG! For more information or to join our free sign in membership visit our website or email us Booking info:Visit

Ticket : Euro 75 to be paid in advance latest 17th June 2016 Accommodation Reservation: Please contact us with your name address to reserve for you with our special price per night. Be fast we have few rooms reserved.
Single: 119 Euro and Double Twin Bed 153 Euro Airport: Düsseldorf(Dus) Germany Hotel Address: Maritim-Platz 1,40474 Düsseldorf, DE Contact Number: +49 1738396949 or +44 7581320308 Workshop Facilitators and speakers for AWE 2016

There are a number of workshop facilitators and motivational speakers for the conference. But to name a few.

Muzware Betty Makoni Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network Worldwide. Recently she was selected to be in the team of UK experts for Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. She joins the team as a Gender Based Violence expert. In her many high profile titles, millions across the world passionately call her CNN Hero as she was the top in 2009 category for Protecting the Powerless and was honored by UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman. She has over 44 global awards for excellency, innovation and passion for girls and women`s rights. Newsweek named her amongst 150 women who shake the world IN 2011. Published Author & Poet, Theatre Director, Educationist and a critical thinker.

Veye Wirngo Tatah Veye Tatah is the founder of the association “Positive Africa” and honorary chief editor of the magazine of the same name. She is a Cameroonian computer scientist, journalist and honorary chief editor of the magazine Africa Positive. A computer scientist and Entrepreneur from Cameroon. She has successfully established two business enterprises in Dortmund, but she is better known for her tireless efforts to promote integration of African migrants in Germany.
Jennifer Obaseki Human Rights expert and Entrepreneur
Founder and Senior Partner Holding a BA in Law and Economics, she founded – Obaseki Solicitors and is the senior partner. With her successes in representing clients with difficult immigration and human rights matters spreading internationally, the practice is considered to have leading influence. The firm specialises and is dedicated to improving human rights , family rights as well as assisting clients to develop successful businesses- they have acquired a number of awards and extensive testimonials.
Jenny Chika Okafor
A mother, lawyer, civil rights advocate, political commentator, lobbyist, business adviser, committed charity and community volunteer.
She has a passion and concentrating on women and girls’ rights issues with the aim of assisting them in finding their places in society early in life without fear and minimum difficulties.
She is a blogger and a founder of XRAY with Jenny Chika Okafor discussions about leadership, morality, equality, religion, consciousness & social justice around the globe with Africa as her main focus.
She is also the president of Nigerian Women in the Diaspora Leadership forum (NWIDLF).
Joy Wanjiru Zenz (Machugu) Almost a decade ago she founded the organisation African Women in Europe (A.W.E.) and established a website ( where over 1,000 women in Europe network, support and encourage each others projects, events and business endeavours. Women Empowerment Activist and Event Organiser. Acknowledged in the Sonne-Magazine as amongst 20 most influential woman working to advance and build the African image in the diaspora. Promoting entrepreneurship and networking among African women living in Europe and other geographical locations is her passion. She believes in African women empowerment here in Europe. Through the AWE platform African women have been able to connect and build a positive image of African Women in Europe. She believes in working together as a team and her Motto is “Together we are STRONG”

Wambui Njau
Co-Founder of African Women in Europe (AWE) and Event organiser. She has a passion in bringing African women together to work, support and empower each other .
Founder of Fanaka Foundation Womens Group- a private organisation that builds women to encourage investing back in Kenya, supporting each other and takes part in charity donations to educate young girls. The organisation is active and has been running for over 5 years.Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS)
Winner of GAB Awards 2015 for Africa Cohesion
Finalist as Role Model of the Year in W4Africa organisation.
Past honoring secretary of Kenya Golf Society Europe (KGSE)
Senior IT Project Manager- Skanska

Phoebe Ruguru Filmmaker, Poet, writer and student. Winner of AWE Young Achievers Award. At a young age of 17 she became a Kenyan film director and producer known for winning the 2014 modern day slavery short film competition in London. Her winning film Saidia (Swahili for “help”) was shot entirety on her iPhone 4s.
Wacuka Kamau She is 23 years old and lives in Cologne Germany. She has a Bachelor degree in multilingual communication and a very proud Kenyan/African lady. She has a passion with languages and identity crisis for youth in Europe, she uses every opportunity to raise her voice on this issue.

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