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Friday, February 13, 2015

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President Joyce Banda: Gave a speech



During the week-long event, which ended on Thursday, February 5, 2015, former President Banda delivered a speech at a side event of high-profile women and offered a closing prayer.

The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington DC, whose climax is on the first Thursday of February each year. The founder of this event was Abraham Vereide.

The event—which is actually a series of meetings, prayers, readings, greetings luncheons, and dinners—has taken place since 1953 and has been held at least since the 1980s at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue NW.

“She spoke about the importance of love, peace and unity among the people of the world. She bemoaned the prevailing human and natural tragedies including wars that have caused untold human suffering over the years,” said one of Banda’s aides who accompanied her to the historic event.

In his keynote address at the event on Thursday, US President Barack Obama said the US would never stop fighting for freedom of religion around the world. He talked about the inspiration given by faith world-wide driving people to do right, but faith also used as a weapon.

President Obama also referred to hate crimes and terrorism, such as “ISIL, a brutal, vicious, death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism.”

The breakfast was attended by some 3,500 guests, including international invitees from over 100 countries. The National Prayer Breakfast is hosted by members of the United States Congress and is organized on their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christ-centered organization. Initially called the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, the name was changed in 1970 to the National Prayer Breakfast.

It is designed to be a forum for the political, social, and business elite to assemble and build relationships. Since the inception of the National Prayer Breakfast, several U.S. states and cities and other countries have established their own annual prayer breakfast events.

Every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in the annual event.

The Dalai Lama was the ‘Special Guest’ during this year’s event. President Obama offered “a special welcome to a good friend, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion, who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings”.

“I’ve been pleased to welcome him to the White House on many occasions, and we’re grateful that he’s able to join us here today,” said the US President.

Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelug School, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism.The current Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.

President Joyce Banda : The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa


Joyce Banda
Age
64
Residence
Lilongwe, Malawi
Citizenship
Malawi
Marital Status
Married
Children
5
Education
Bachelor of Arts / Science, Columbus University
Joyce Banda on Forbes Lists
Malawi's first female president (and second on the African continent) narrowly won a second term this May after originally assuming office in 2012. However, she ordered that the results of the May elections be nullified and the elections be held in 90 days due to electoral irregularities; spectators say it is a desperate attempt to stay in power. Her time so far has been marred by financial scandals, arrests and prosecutions in her own government. But Banda's most brazen decisions have been for austerity's sake. She sold off a $15 million presidential jet, cut her own salary by 30 percent and dismissed her cabinet in the midst of corruption allegations. Her bookkeeping measures have helped lift monetary suspensions from Western donors to Malawi and restore cash injections from the IMF.

President Joyce Banda offered olive branch in Malawi

On Saturday March 7th, 2015, the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W), the international non-profit organization dedicated to connecting, educating and empowering women and young girls around the globe, plans its annual festivities for the 2015 GC4W International Women’s Day Awards & Benefit Gala celebration on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.


The proceeds from this event will be used to fund the GC4W Community Development & Empowerment Programs that supports initiatives such as the Karamajiji New School Development Project for disable girls and GC4W Women Empowerment Workshops.



Building on the wildly successful inaugural celebration at the Harvard Club of New York in 2014, GC4W continues its rich tradition and important work of recognizing and celebrating women leaders from around the globe who are making a difference in the fight for women empowerment. The theme for the 2015 GC4W International Women’s Day Awards & Benefit Gala celebration will be “Connecting for Women Empowerment” as GC4W focuses attention towards progress on the 3rd Goal of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations.

GC4W was founded in response to this UN mandate and the foundation’s aim to enrich the lives of 100 thousand women and youth by the end of 2015 is strategically aligned to support its achievement.

The 2015 International Women’s Day celebration will be highlighted by a keynote address from the Former President of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda, one of the very first Female Presidents in Africa.

Honorable Dr. Banda will focus her remarks on the importance of investing in young girls and women. As with past award recipients such as Jenna Fernandes, Denise Ajayi-Williams, Amy Hixon, Teresa Clarke, Chief Temitope Ajayi, and the Honorable U. Joy Ogwu, Dr. Banda represents a 2015 class of honorees that hail from both the public and private sectors, including prominent global women leaders, CEOs, NGO leaders, Government officials, Magazine Editors, Grammy Award Winner, GC4W Champions, and Several others.

Honorees will descend on Washington DC from diverse geographical origins with dignitaries and social innovators traveling from the United Kingdom, Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria, United States, Canada, and more to join the celebration.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

President Joyce Banda : Her Excellency

An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was also the President of the Republic of Malawi (2012-2014). She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groups.


Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Dr. Banda championed the enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill in 2006, which provides a legal framework for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

A recipient of more than 15 international accolades including the “Hunger Project Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger” shared with President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 1997, President Banda is a strong advocate for women and girls’ emancipation and empowerment and a prominent civil rights campaigner. She founded the Joyce Banda Foundation International, which guides projects that range from empowering women to providing for orphans’ education.
On the international scene, President Dr. Banda was instrumental in the formation of such organizations as the

African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (AFWE), currently running in 41 countries in Africa; the Council for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa (CEEWA); and the American & African Business Women’s Alliance (AABWA), of which she served as First President.
President Banda sits on a number international organization bodies. These include the Executive Advisory Committee of UNIFEM, the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, and the Scientific Advisory Board for the program in Global Health and Social Change at Harvard Medical School.

President Joyce Banda slated to give Keynote Speech at “International Women’s Day”

On Saturday March 7th, 2015, the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W), the international non-profit organization dedicated to connecting, educating and empowering women and young girls around the globe, plans its annual festivities for the 2015 GC4W International Women’s Day Awards & Benefit Gala celebration on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

The proceeds from this event will be used to fund the GC4W Community Development & Empowerment Programs that supports initiatives such as the Karamajiji New School Development Project for disable girls and GC4W Women Empowerment Workshops.

Building on the wildly successful inaugural celebration at the Harvard Club of New York in 2014, GC4W continues its rich tradition and important work of recognizing and celebrating women leaders from around the globe who are making a difference in the fight for women empowerment. The theme for the 2015 GC4W International Women’s Day Awards & Benefit Gala celebration will be “Connecting for Women Empowerment” as GC4W focuses attention towards progress on the 3rd Goal of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations.

GC4W was founded in response to this UN mandate and the foundation’s aim to enrich the lives of 100 thousand women and youth by the end of 2015 is strategically aligned to support its achievement.

The 2015 International Women’s Day celebration will be highlighted by a keynote address from the Former President of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda, one of the very first Female Presidents in Africa.

Honorable Dr. Banda will focus her remarks on the importance of investing in young girls and women. As with past award recipients such as Jenna Fernandes, Denise Ajayi-Williams, Amy Hixon, Teresa Clarke, Chief Temitope Ajayi, and the Honorable U. Joy Ogwu, Dr. Banda represents a 2015 class of honorees that hail from both the public and private sectors, including prominent global women leaders, CEOs, NGO leaders, Government officials, Magazine Editors, Grammy Award Winner, GC4W Champions, and Several others.

Honorees will descend on Washington DC from diverse geographical origins with dignitaries and social innovators traveling from the United Kingdom, Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria, United States, Canada, and more to join the celebration.