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Call for Nominations of African Women of Distinction
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This is a call for nominations for inclusion in thebook and video documentary, 
?African Women of Distinction" (working title) to exhibit in Africa and the 
U.S. in December, 2006. The African Women of Distinction project profiles the 
stories and work of twenty women in Africa who embody the essence of 
leadership, determination, and innovation in addressing social, economic and 
political issues at local, national, and international levels. This is the 
first of several editions of this project. 

Profiled women for the 2006 "African Women of Distinction" project will come 
from across Africa and represent diverse social, economic and political 
backgrounds and come from all walks of life-- mothers, government and business 
leaders, community activists, scientists, and grandmothers. African Women of 
Distinction will provide a reality-based and all-encompassing depiction of 
women in Africa, including their role as nurturers, as agents of peace, and as 
?social rebels?.

Integrated within the African Women of Distinction project is an African Women 
of Distinction Leadership program that unites and builds solidarity between the 
women, and facilitates mentorship with other women in Africa. To reaffirm our 
commitment to young women and their importance to the future of Africa, five 
young women between the ages of 18 and 30 will be honoured based on their 
potential for extraordinary leadership and service in Africa.

Selection criteria:

1. Should be a positive role model and demonstrate leadership in their chosen 
field.
2. Should be someone whose achievements have made an impact at local, national 
or international levels.
3. Individuals who have been the first in initiating an activity that made 
living conditions better for others.
4. Embody excellence and leadership in her field of endeavor.
5. Someone who has shown courage in public life and public service or is/has 
been involved in a great cause for the uplifting of humanity.

Note: Fields of art, faith, education, technology, media, politics, health, 
music, will all be considered.

Nominations should meet some of the above criteria and
include:

1. Background information on the nominee addressing the selection criteria
2. Details of specific achievements (supporting materials may be attached)
3. Name, mailing address, e-mail and phone number (if available) of nominee
4. Name, mailing address, e-mail and phone number (if available) of nominator 
There are no limitations to the nominated women's social, economic or political 
status, age, education, and/or literacy skills. 

Nominations are accepted in Portuguese, English, French, and Arabic. Selections 
will be made by an international panel in August 2006.

A completed nomination form (see below) must be submitted by July 31, 2006 to:

Email: mailto:nomination@mail.com

Fax:+1 831 306 5951

Mail:
NOMINATION: AWOD
c/o Amanda Koster and Neema Mgana
3842 Interlake Ave. N Seattle, WA 98103
USA

All selected women will be notified by September 1, 2006. For further 
information, please email: mailto:nomination@mail.com

Project leads:

Neema Mgana, social entrepreneur.

Neema Mgana (nmgana@forumforglobalaction.org) was the youngest of 1000 women 
from around the world jointly nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In 
2000, she co-founded an organization providing education, health and other 
services to over 200 children affected by HIV/AIDS in her native Tanzania. She 
then founded the African Regional Youth Initiative (ARYI) while a first-year 
graduate student in 2003. ARYI presently works directly with over 300 community 
and youth organizations to jointly develop, implement, and evaluate community, 
national and regional strategies and programs focusing on development issues in 
Africa. In an effort to foster innovative thinking on international 
development, she co-founded the Forum for Global Action in 2006. A leading 
program within the Forum is on women's leadership that is being implemented in 
Africa, Asia, and South America. She is currently a board member of several 
different organizations, and is spearheading projects to improve health 
delivery in Africa, including projects developing health and education 
facilities in rural Africa. 

She received a Masters degree in International Health from Loma Linda 
University of Health Science in the U.S., a BSc. in Health Informatics from the 
University of Victoria in Canada, and is pursuing a business degree. She also 
has certificates in Humanitarian Assistance and International Peace Studies.

Amanda Koster, documentary photographer and media artist

Amanda Koster (amandakoster.com) is an internationally acclaimed documentary 
photographer committed to the advancement of human rights and cultural 
diversity in the arts. Koster studied photography in NYC at the International 
Center for photography and holds a BA degree in anthropology concentrating on 
women?s and religious studies from Southern Connecticut State University. Her 
editorial  work appears in Newsweek, Fortune, People, Fast Company and 
Metropolis in addition to working with non-profit organizations around the 
world. In 2004, she was awarded a Lucie Award and also 1st place: photo essay 
by The Society of Professional Journalists for her project ?AIDS IS Knocking?, 
a documentary about AIDS orphans and widows in Western Kenya. Another 
award-winning long-term project ?This Is Beautiful?, which has been exhibited 
around the world looks at body image and redefines the innate beauty of all 
women. Amanda has also worked extensively with youth media projects 
internationally, teaching photography as a tool for documentary storytelling 
creating a voice and outlet forunderrepresented youth. Koster is a 2006 
recipient of the GAP Grant and additionally ?Money For Women In the 
Arts/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund? for her project Moroccan Women?s Song 
Project. The project, collaboration with Festival Fès, documents female Berber 
and Arab Musicians of Morocco with hopes to spark an interest in this region 
and also show that there is more than one image of Women in Islam. Amanda will 
be featured as 1 of 50 women in the upcoming book: "In Their Shoes." (by 
Deborah Reber, publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2007) The book will give teen girls 
the real scoop on different careers through profiles of women thriving in their 
fields. The bookwill inspire girls to make smart choices and realize their 
dreams. 

Koster is faculty at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, WA.

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Call for Nominations of African Women of Distinction
June 5, 2006

There are no limitations to the nominated women's social, economic or political 
status, age, education, and/or literacy skills.

Nominations are accepted in Portuguese, English, French, and Arabic. Selections 
will be made by an international panel in August 2006. All selected women will 
be notified by September 1, 2006. For further information, please email: 
nomination@mail.com Nominations must be postmarked, hand-delivered, e-mailed, 
or faxed by July 31, 2006.

NOMINEE
Individual First Last

- or -
Organization Name

Describe the nominee in ten words or less:



Please type or handwrite and attach a description (600 words maximum) of the 
nominee?s contribution to the uplifting of humanity in Africa. 



Note key professional credits, accomplishments, highlights the nominee has 
supported.


NOMINEE
Mailing Address
City
State 
Postal Code
Country
Day Phone: 
Evening Phone 
E-mail

NOMINATOR Nominations will not be considered without this information.

Name of Nominator (individual or organization)
Contact Name (if organization is nominator)
Mailing Address
City 
State 
Postal Code
Country
Day Phone 
Evening Phone
E-mail

DEADLINE: July 31, 2006.
Submit form and one-page description by e-mail, fax, mail, or hand delivery to:

Mailing Address:
NOMINATION: AWOD c/o
Amanda Koster
and Neema Mgana
3842 Interlake Ave. N
Fax: +001 831 306 5951
E-mail: nomination@mail.com
Seattle, WA 98103
USA

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Neema Mgana
mailto:nomination@mail.com

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