Call for Nominations of African Women of Distinction
This is a call for nominations for inclusion in the book and video documentary,
"African Women of Distinction" to exhibit 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 in
Africa and other regions of the world.
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
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 and nurtures leadership with other women in
and outside 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.
1. Should be a positive role model and demonstrate leadership in their chosen
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.
6. Should reside in Africa, however not required.
Note: 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.
Further information on the "African Women of Distinction" and nomination forms
are available at http://www.amandakoster.com/awod/. All nominations must be
submitted by August 31, 2006.
Interested individuals can also apply to be program interns at
+1 831 306 5951
c/o Amanda Koster and Neema Mgana
3842 Interlake Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
All selected women will be notified by September 15, 2006. For further
information, please email: mailto:email@example.com
Neema Mgana, social entrepreneur.
Neema Mgana 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 and
improving health systems in sub-Saharan 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 (http://www.amandakoster.com ) is an internationally acclaimed
documentary photographer committed to the advancement of human rights and
cultural diversity in the arts. 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 for
underrepresented 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 book will
inspire girls to make smart choices and realize their dreams.
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. She is faculty at the
Photographic Center Northwest in