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Muzvare Betty Makoni to speak at END FGM Fundraiser

 Upstairs at the Ritzy (Ritzy Cinema), Brixton Oval, London, SW2 1JG

Saturday 12 April, 7.00. £7.

—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—

This event aims to raise awareness around the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.  It is estimated that approximately 100-140 million women have undergone FGM and each year millions more girls are at risk of the practice worldwide.

By bringing together a variety of proactive individuals and organisations, who are working towards changing attitudes and eliminating FGM, we hope to create awareness around this issue.

One creative response will be from The Nomadic Reading Room – a library of artists books, art writing and interactive printmaking, who will present content in response to FGM. DIY posters will be produced on-site as rubbings of slogans spelled out in moveable type, which will be available to make and buy.

During the evening we welcome a range of guest speakers from leading UK charities such as Forward, Plan UK, The Girl Child Network and Daughters of Eve. With documentary films curated by DOC CON (a documentary film collective), music from Ravioli Me Away, a DJ set from SYMA and other responses to the topic from local Brixton businesses and artists.

All proceeds from this evening will go to the charities involved in this event.

 About the charities: 

Forward

The Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development – FORWARD – is an African Diaspora women’s campaign and support charity (registered in the UK).

We exist to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights as central to the wellbeing of African women and girls. We work with individuals, communities and organisations to transform harmful practices and improve the quality of life of vulnerable girls and women.

FORWARD was established in 1983 in the UK, in response to the emerging problems caused by female genital mutilation being seen by health professionals. Since this time FORWARD has been working to eliminate the practice and provide support to women affected by FGM. At our twenty year review FORWARD formally incorporated into its mandate other issues allied to Female Genital Mutilation, in particular vesico-vagina and recto-vagina fistulae and child and forced marriage.

Girl Child Network

Girl Child Network Worldwide is the lead organisation in empowering and educating girls in Africa making it the only grassroots organisation for girls sharing its model beyond country of origin. Our Girl Child Empowerment Model  is replicated all over the world by everyone. We inspire girls to take leadership in  gender equality  at community level. We believe girls are not victims. They only need their potential unleashed so that they reach their full potential. We are here to inspire and empower so that girls aspire and achieve. We are confident of what we do because we have over 300 000 girls we supported through girls clubs in Zimbabwe and now they are women leaders all over the world.

Plan UK

Plan is a global children’s charity. We work with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future.

For over 75 years we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential by:

  • giving children a healthy start in life, including access to safe drinking water
  • securing the education of girls and boys
  • working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters
  • inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives
  • enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children’s future

With your support children, families and entire communities have the power to move themselves from a life of poverty to a future with opportunity.

– See more at: http://www.plan-uk.org/about-us/#sthash.L0fkDmCc.dpu

Daughters of Eve

Daughters of  Eve is a non profit organisation, that works to advance and protect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of  young people from female genital mutilation practising communities.

We recognise female genital mutilation (FGM) as a form of gender-based violence, which therefore  reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims. Daughters of Eve believe that young people need to be supported holistically and work with women and girls should be based on their needs and not the act of violence.

Daughters of Eve came about after its founders working with FGM practicing communities for many years identified the need for specialist support and advocate service for young people within these communities. 

About the Ritzy Cinema and Upstairs at the Ritzy

Awarded Best Local Cinema in London in 2006, 2009 and 2010, the Ritzy Picturehouse is one of the most successful neighbourhood cinemas south of the river.

Five screens, a music and events venue / bar (UPSTAIRS AT THE RITZY) and a café/restaurant, support a programme of both independent and wider release films backed up by regular Opera, Theatre and Ballet broadcasts, weekly Parents and Baby screenings, Kids’ Club and Toddler’s screenings, Autism-Friendly screenings, Students screenings, Late Night screenings , a regular schools programme and a host of one-off events

 

An Open Letter to Parents:Bring your daughter to Never Again Royal night

Dear Parents

I am sending this letter on behalf of Girl Child Network Worldwide, an organisation that supports empowerment of girls. There is going to be a special event  on 5 April called Never again Royal night and it happens once a year to inspire their lives and impact them positively. The event is called Never again Royal night.

As you are aware many girls face so many problems like early pregnancy, drugs and joining gangs and sometimes as teens they get hooked in dangerous activities. Our charity always feels that we can be proactive and prevent. We don’t want to cry later knowing which issues we know we could prevent.

We are aware however, that this time, economic situation is very hard and as a parent we invite you to try your best and give your daughter a one chance day out for her to experience inspiration at Never again Royal night. The mistakes we made as women she will know. She will meet great women who achieved in their lives who they can relate to.

The whole day is spent on changing a girl and shaping her life goals. You also give your girl time to reflect on what she is currently doing and if not on the route of confidence and empowerment for her to reconsider joining our programs. In 2013 we had girls who attended and this has changed them forever. When we speak empowerment into their hearts girls want to change and reach life goals. But there is a price to go with it and we are writing to you because we know you are a parent who wants to invest something worth in a daughter. Just £40 allows your daughter to be part of the Never again Royal dinner. She will meet the best and best inspirational women who will inspire them for life. £34 pounds allows them to stay in a village retreat hotel and to experience life at its best. They wake to a full breakfast and networking day with girls of her age. They will share how the Never again night has changed them. 15 pounds allows them to get a 390 page inspirational book to change their lives forever.

They will be motivated to read every word in the book. When we say we empower and inspire we invest in girls in a way that makes us see our purpose on earth. Please do call 07951522790 and speak to Muzvare Betty Makoni direct and hear specific details of how you can prepare your daughter to attend. We have a flier with all details and send a message on gcnworldwide@gmail.com for you to receive a copy. We can’t wait to welcome you and your daughter.

Hopefully we will hear from you

On behalf of Muzvare Betty Makoni

CEO-Girl Child Network Worldwide

 

All set for Never Again Royal Night Second Anniversary-5 April 2014

Never Again Royal Night Second Anniversary is here -5 April 2014-The Thurrock Hotel

It is now the talk of UK and many parts of the world where Royal Purple guests and their Royal Hostesses who are Princesses from Africa who support the charity work of Girl Child Network Worldwide gather to inspire, empower and do acts of generosity and giving back to their communities back in Africa. It is definitely growing as more and more supporters pour in.

Never Again Royal night is now in its second year having been successfully launched in 2013 in the peaceful and quiet hotel in Thurrock, Essex, United Kingdom. The event was full house with over 200 guests coming from all over UK and Zimbabwe. This year the event enters its second year with another best-selling book by Muzvare Betty Makoni expected to be launched in style on 5 April 2014. Event organisers have advised that in order for guests and participants to get the most out of the day, this time the event starts at 3pm sharp with book signing and networking as well as pictures on the purple carpet to ensure everyone gets the time to network fully as well as warm up to the empowering inspiring event.

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Muzvare Betty Makoni`s official autobiography, Never Again, not to any woman or girl again, birthed this event and the trustees and supporters of Girl Child Network Worldwide have made this the official fundraiser for the charity where it is now a culture to bring all supporters, donors and those who want to build the charity to grow and be strong to come to a weekend  of inspiration and empowerment so as to get a test of some innovative programs the charity runs especially in Africa and the UK to support empowerment of the girl child in the home, school and community so that the girls develop into confident women leaders.

`It happens once a year and this is the only official fundraiser for the charity just to bring everyone who supports us and spend some quality time renewing our commitment. Never again Royal night is an event we inspire our supporters whilst they give. We believe as much as our supporters give to us we should give back and no matter how small. You are all invited to be part of Never Again Royal night,’ said Muzvare Betty Makoni. 

The Royal Night
The Royal Night

The event is hosted by CNN Hero and multi global award winner UK gender based violence expert and Founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide, Muzvare-Princess Betty Makoni and Chair of Trustees , Her Royal Highness, Princess Deun Adedoyin Solarin who are expected to announce  African Royal Awards to eight women who are role models and heroes for girls empowerment worldwide. This is the first time a book to be launched on same day written by Muzvare Betty Makoni entitled The Inspiring and Empowering World of Muzvare Betty Makoni is expected to bring a poetic rhythm into the women`s lives that will unite everyone in supporting each other as well as girls who are at risk and those living in places of instability, harmful cultural where there are no rights.

This year, Never Again Royal night is expected to be bigger with a line-up of great inspirational speakers and guests from all over the world. Notable amongst those special guests is New York`s finest poet, Tantra Zawadi who is flying into UK for one of her greatest performances at the event. She will be signing copies of her new poetry book, Bubblesalongside Muzvare Betty Makoni. Esse Agesse, one of the best female Nigerian musicians of all times now based in Ireland besides receiving a prestigious award at the event is hoped to share on her project Women of Love International which last year supported Girl Child Network Worldwide and its networks. The musical couple Femi Iloyi and Roucheon Iloyi will perform the long awaited song, Never again which is expected to bring guests to an unending dance. Roy Mourton, the music man is expected to welcome the guests with his solo music.

At the driving seat and event Program Director is Pauline Long, Founder of BEFFTA who contributed immensely during the program in 2013 to make it a big success. She will be assisted by Vonayi Nyamazana Founder of Khaya Inspired women and Secretary General of African Charities Joint Fundraising Initiative.

Never Again Royal night is honoured to welcome some guest speakers amongst them to  include  Ifrah Amhed a renowned  FGM activist and campaigner  all the way from Ireland. Anita BradshawSpiwe Harper, Lindani MasukuFikelephi Jackson, Sandra Lewis, Angelah Gomah, Leah African Designer  and Florence Jemwa Kadondo are some guests who will inspire and empower guests throughout the night. Evangelist Elizabeth Kalonga is expected to spiritually grace the occasion.

Even though exact names of the women to be honoured has not been officially released but on the shortlisted candidates so far are big names like Her Excellency Joyce Banda, motivational speaker Glo Diamond,Tola ‘WiseTola’ Onigbanjo, Susan Jumoke Fajana-Thomas,Lorna Campbell and many others whose names will be announced here shortly. Out of a list of 106 the two are on the short list which remains a top and official secret of the African Princesses. 

Book Critics and readers to include Theresah Tholanah, Linda Kute, Mary Ajoke Akangbe, Patricia Tsiga,Bongie Williams, Annalia Mugomba  and many others.

A number of sponsors have confirmed.There are many products that will be on sale and they will be announced here too.

Payment Direct to Charity Account

Put your name as Reference 40 £. This amount includes  £24 dinner without drink  and £16 donation to the  charity. Charity Account Name :Girl Child Network Worldwide, Account number 0387284,Sort Code 309784

Logistics, travel and Accommodation

Hotel name and phone numbers   The Thurrock Hotel ,Ship Lane, Aveley, RM19 1YN Grays Thurrock, Thurrock, United Kingdom

Telephone number:01708 860222