Bogotá, Jul 24 (EFE).- About twenty Afro-American leaders from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean will meet this Tuesday in Bogotá to commemorate the International Day of Afro-descendant Women, and with the aim of creating an international agenda that promotes dignity and the creation of new opportunities.
The opening of this first International Meeting of Afro-descendant Women, baptized as “weaving from the roots”, will be in charge of the Vice President and Minister of Equality and Equity of Colombia, Francia Márquez.
“It will be a meeting to weave opportunities, putting the justice and dignity of Afro women in Colombia and the world at the center,” said Márquez through his social networks.
To talk about political leadership, they will go up to the debate table, moderated by the Minister of Education of the Andean country Aurora Vergara; the minister of racial equality of Brazil Anielle Franco and the trans representative of the same country Erika Hilton; US Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice Desirée Cormier Smith; and, among others, the Chief Justice of Kenya, Martha Karambu.
In a panel moderated by the Colombian actress Indhira Serrano, figures such as Tsitsi Dangarembga, a Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker who was a finalist for the Booker Prize in 2020 and recently acquitted by the High Court of her country, will also be present, after appealing the sentence of a lower court that convicted her of “inciting public violence” for protesting against the Government.
“I am convinced that art, culture and knowledge are a determining factor in maintaining and promoting historical memory and in transforming the realities of injustice and exclusion,” said the Vice-President in relation to the cultural panel in which the Brazilian television presenter Maju Coutinho, the Dominican filmmaker and DJ Loira Limbal and the cultural consultant Yaba Blay will participate.
The event will also include a panel discussion on women’s empowerment and leadership, and an economic panel moderated by the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Buenaventura (the main port city in the Colombian Pacific), Milady Garcés, with the participation of the vice president of the African Union Commission, Monique Nsanzabagnwa, and the executive director of the International Trade Center, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, among others.
The meeting will have a second day on July 26 and will not only remain in the Colombian capital, but will also reach the city of Cali. EFE