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African First Ladies Advance Maternal Health Care Goals in Africa

The Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) joined General Electric Company (GE) and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship on June 9 to advance social entrepreneurship to improve maternal and child health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.

The First Ladies of Africa were introduced to the healthymagination Mother & Child program, and participated in a roundtable panel that addressed how countries can engage social enterprises to meet U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and improve health care for mothers and children.

In March, GE and Miller Center partnered to create the healthymagination Mother & Child program which trains and mentors social entrepreneurs working on maternal and child health innovations in sub-Saharan Africa. The program combines GE healthcare product expertise with Miller Center’s proven Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) methodology for accelerating social enterprises.

“We are encouraged by the potential of social entrepreneurship, and the healthymagination program in particular, to help reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Her Excellency Madam Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia. “The well-being of the mother is key to ensuring the survival of the child, because children who lose their mothers are less likely to celebrate their second birthdays. The mission and goals of this GE and Miller Center project align perfectly with the mission and goals of OAFLA.”

“The healthymagination Mother & Child program is part of a multi-year global investment by GE to improve global health outcomes, foster regional economic development and develop local human capital,” said Robert Wells, Executive Director of GE’s healthymagination commitment. “We have always tried to stay close to new thinkers and partner with companies that have innovative ideas and move fast to solve major challenges of our time. We are proud to support the development of healthcare innovations and partner with the Miller Center and OAFLA to mentor the best minds to reach this goal.”

“We are delighted to partner with GE healthymagination, and to continue interaction with OAFLA, as we all work to apply social entrepreneurship to our important shared goals.”

“Miller Center has aligned our time-tested curriculum and successful track record in training, mentoring and accelerating social enterprises globally toward achieving as many of the 17 U.N. SDGs as possible—an approach we feel is the most direct path toward making a tangible difference in the lives of poor and underserved women and children in Africa and elsewhere,” said Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miller Center for Entrepreneurship. “We are delighted to partner with GE healthymagination, and to continue interaction with OAFLA, as we all work to apply social entrepreneurship to our important shared goals.”

Improving maternal and child health care in Africa, the world’s second-most populous continent, is a critical global health priority. Over 450 women in Africa die every day from pregnancy-related complications, and children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in developed regions. Social entrepreneurship, with its dual focus on positive social outcomes and solid business practices, is uniquely suited to address these issues.

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Social entrepreneurship is considered a crucial catalytic factor in alleviating many social and environmental ills because it provides solutions in local contexts that enrich the communities where they are located; is sustainable; invests in human capital; and delivers a replicable, business-focused model that helps organizations to scale.

Participants in the New York luncheon included: Her Excellency Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, spouse of UN Secretary General; Her Excellency, Mrs. Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia; Her Excellency, Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou, First Lady of the Republic of Niger; Her Excellency Mrs. Dominique Ouattara-Folloroux, First Lady of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire; Deborah Elam, president of The GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer for GE; Carol Evans, founder and former CEO of Working Mother Media; Dr Stefan Peterson, Director and Chief of the Health Section, UNICEF, Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship; Katherine Lucey, CEO and founder of Solar Sister; Jennifer Reingold, senior editor at Fortune magazine and Robert Wells, Executive Director for GE’s healthymagination commitment.

About the Organisation of First Ladies of Africa Against HIV/AIDS

The Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) is an organization established by African First Ladies in 2002 as a collective voice for Africa’s most vulnerable people including women and children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. OAFLA has since expanded its mission to work broadly for the health and empowerment of women, children and adolescents in Africa, including the improvement of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services thereby supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About GE and its healthymagination Commitment

GE (NYSE:GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. GE’s healthymagination commitment is about better health for more people. Through its healthymagination efforts, GE continuously develops and invests in innovations that deliver high-quality, more affordable healthcare to more people around the world. For more information about the GE healthymagination commitment, visit http://healthymagination.gehealthcare.com/

About Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Founded in 1997, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University. Miller Center accelerates global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Its strategic focus is on poverty eradication through its three areas of work: The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), Impact Capital, and Education and Action Research. To learn more about the Center or any of its social entrepreneurship programs, visitwww.scu.edu/MillerCenter

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The 50th UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA) to elevate global young entrepreneurs in Geneva, Switzerland

New York, NYC — On April 28th, 2014 high-level policy makers from Africa highlighted their experiences supporting young entrepreneurs in an effort to defuse what UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi called an “employment time bomb” in developing countries as their populations grow and get younger.

Coming up is the UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award Ceremony which is set to take place on October 15th in the Human Rights Council Room XX (3rd Floor from 18:30 – 19:45) in Geneva, Switzerland.

For the fiftieth consecutive year, audiences around the world will have the best seat in the house when they witness the progress that UNCTAD has made over the years and the challenges that lie ahead.

The Finalists are living testimony of the impact that initiatives that support entrepreneurship can have. These include job creation, innovation, increasing the quality of life of the women and their communities and giving them a voice and an outlet to inspire others.

One of the highlights of the commission was, last April, the announcement of the 10 finalists for the UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA). The awards have been presented every two years since 2008. This year was particularly competitive, as more than 100 nominations were received.

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The 2014 finalists of the 50th UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA)

The 2014 finalists (in alphabetical order by country) are:

Lorena Maria Eugenia Picasso, (Argentina): manufactures innovative educational games to stimulate the development of cognitive, motor, emotional and social abilities as well as therapeutic products which specialize in rehabilitation.

Kelly Dantas de Vasconcelos, Universidad da Crianca, (Brazil): provides educational services for children, focusing on a teaching methodology which highlights innovation and technology.

Tracy Antoinette Green Douglas, Pandama Retreat, (Guyana): produces a range of fruit wines, fruit soaps and art products using all local resources. It is a place of retreat where the local community and tourists can connect with nature.

Lina Jalil Khalifeh, SheFighter, (Jordan): established the first self-defense studio for women and girls in the Middle East and has a mission to generate awareness and decrease violence towards women.

Maya Sewnath, SSS Furntiure, (Mauritius): manufactures tailor-made wooden furniture using local raw materials and specializes in the wedding and children’s market.

Lara Cookey, Contextplay Matrix Ltd., (Nigeria): designs educational toys and recreational tools for early child development, including learning materials, playground equipment and furniture.

Thiane Diagne, JOUR J Couture, (Senegal): creates prêt-a-porter luxury clothing lines, which combine traditional Senegalese culture with innovative, high-quality designs.

Renay van der Berg, ProComm, (South Africa): specializes in a range of integrated business services, including brand management, to allow enterprises to be sustainable.

Angelica M Rumsey, Angel Bites Ltd, (Zambia): manages the packaging and trading of dried foods that are a delicacy in Zambia and focuses on high hygiene and quality standards.

Divine Ndhlukula, SECURICO Security Services, (Zimbabwe): is a leading supplier of security solutions in Zimbabwe, including electronic security system installation, guarding, cash management and private investigation services.

The final three winners will be announced during UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum which will take place from 13 to 16 October 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. To mark the theme of this year’s Forum – “Investing in Sustainable Development” – two additional candidates were announced, who will receive a special recognition for their work as social and green entrepreneurs, respectively:

 

Special Recognition, Social entrepreneurship:

Leena A. Irshaid, Renas Women Association, (Jordan): established the only pickling factory in Jordan that is founded, owned and managed by women. It mobilizes unemployed female agricultural engineers by training and hiring them.

 

Special Recognition, Green entrepreneurship:

Pabla Anabela Torres, BioPro, (Argentina): start-up company which researches, develops, produces and markets organic products designed for crop protection and pest control, including a bio-pesticide.

 

Masters of the UNCTAD 2014 Ceremony, Mrs. Bisila Bokoko & Mr. Olivier Dominik.

 

The Masters of Ceremony of this year’s event are Mr. Olivier Dominik from Radio Suisse Television and, Mrs. Bisila Bokoko, Founder of the “Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Program” and Global Brand Ambassador for international brands such as Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Pikolinos, Carmencita, Liceu Barcelona Opera House US Foundation etc. who will  be the pannel Moderator on “Integrating Women into Global Value Chains” and will also be the host at the awards ceremony for Empretec in Geneva on the 15th of October 2014.

 

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UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi

UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi said, “I wish to congratulate all the finalists and hope that UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Awards will highlight both the challenges faced by women in entrepreneurship and the positive multiplier effect that women’s entrepreneurship can have in society.”

The UNCTAD will continue its work strengthening the local capacity in developing countries in transition through entrepreneurship promotion.

 

 

To get more details about the event, the finalists and the hosts, please see below:

For UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award (WBA), please visit http://unctad.org

For Mrs. Bisila Bokoko, please visit www.bbalp.org or email tropicsmediagroup@gmail.com for all press and media related inquiries.

 

The Hummingbird and the Climate Summit

Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, was fond of recounting a children’s story she’d been told on a visit to Japan. A huge fire breaks out in the forest, runs the tale. The animals are transfixed and overwhelmed by the conflagration. All of them but a hummingbird, who resolves to do something. She flies to the nearest stream, dips her beak into it, and drops a bead of water onto the flames. The elephant, the lion, the giraffe, and the other animals laugh at her, as she flies back and forth over and over again. “You’re just a tiny hummingbird,” they jeer. “What difference do you think you can make?” The hummingbird replies: “I’m doing the best I can.”

For many who heard Wangari tell the story, the message of maximizing our abilities and passions for the greater good rather than descending into cynicism or despair was galvanizing. Wangari embraced this interpretation wholeheartedly. Yet it’s clear that a more challenging, even provocative message lies within it. That message has more relevance than ever as hundreds of thousands of people, us among them, marched Sunday in the streets of New York demanding their leaders take urgent action to address climate change, and as heads of government, industry, and civil society gather at the United Nations for an unprecedented global-warming summit.

Through her work with the Green Belt Movement (GBM), the organization she founded in 1977 that has planted more than 50 million trees throughout Kenya, Wangari understood in her bones the commitment of the hummingbird. In her case, the bird represented the grassroots women’s networks who nurtured the seedlings, tended the trees after they’d been transplanted, and reforested their own land and then critical watersheds–largely unsung and underfunded.

This work continues today, with GBM groups growing and planting four million new trees in Kenya each year. GBM is also a partner in the wPOWER initiative, launched in 2013 by the U.S. State Department. The initiative is empowering women in seven countries in Africa and Asia to play major roles in the renewable energy value chain by producing, using, and marketing more efficient cookstoves and solar lighting products. The aim is to enable communities (rural and urban) to preserve more trees, burn less kerosene, and reduce poisonous fumes inside their homes (from cooking and heating).

In so doing, fewer greenhouse gases are released, forests are protected, and indoor air quality is improved, along with health. Women earn their own income and as a result, they and their children have more opportunities to learn and thrive. The wPOWER “Hub” is housed at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies at the University of Nairobi.

The women entrepreneurs of wPOWER, as with the women tree-planters of the GBM networks and millions of others like them, know all too well the consequences of very non-metaphorical forest fires: drought, desertification, hunger, and water and fuel-wood scarcity. They are feeling the “heat” of climate change right now. This heat wasn’t of their own making, yet they are suffering disproportionately from it.

We may interpret the hummingbird story as a message for us to reduce, reuse, recycle; to cut down on our car travel, switch to green energy for our homes, or eat less meat and more vegetables as our contribution to dousing the planetary fire. These are all valid responses to the realities of global warming. But they won’t be enough. Beyond extolling personal virtue and effort, the story of the hummingbird also suggests that the single bird’s actions are futile without the assistance of the larger animals–such as the elephant, who could of course carry much more water–or the concerted effort of all the animals to do something.

But even then, whatever the animals do will likely only hold back the fire’s range or reduce its ferocity, not douse it entirely. Similarly, climate change will not be mitigated, let alone stopped or reversed, unless all the countries of the world become serious about systemic, total, and orchestrated reorientations of their economies and societies’ ways of living on the Earth. The historic emitters must take the lead, but the new “climate powers”–the large current greenhouse-gas producers–need to join them.

In this, we recognize one of Wangari’s other messages about why we are despoiling our environment and entrenching poverty: a lack of good governance. For the thirty years that she was urging us to plant trees to stop soil erosion, retain water, and store carbon, Wangari was also insisting on the necessity of accountable political structures, which used resources (whether capital, natural, or human) equitably and responsibly.

That need for good governance isn’t confined to Africa or the global South. As Wangari insisted, corruption, greed, and faith in short-term pay-offs knew no boundaries, weren’t confined to certain industries or multinational corporations, and affected every stratum of society. Indeed, she reminded us often: political leadership and good policy matter, enormously. Of course this is the case with climate change as well.

The hummingbird challenges us to organize, to hold our political leaders and global industries accountable and demand that they, and we, accept the potential difficulties, even sacrifices, that we’ll have to make to transition from a fossil fuel-based and extractive global system to one that’s organized around genuine sustainability and responsibility.

The hummingbird challenges us to extinguish the fire that’s been created in our own patch of forest–the Earth itself–no matter the perceived futility of the action or the passivity of those standing by who could do more through collective will, but choose only to stand and watch.

 

 

Written by Lauren Berger
Co-authored by Mia MacDonald, Executive Director, Brighter Green and Chair, Green Belt Movement International-U.S. and Wanjira Mathai, director of the wPOWER Project at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies at the University of Nairobi and Chair, Green Belt Movement.

This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post on September 23, 2014.

Why Am I Stepping Off the Sidewalk for White People in 2014?

Dear Race Manners:

When I’m walking on a sidewalk and white folks are approaching, do I step aside and hit the grass, or keep moving straight forward and make them move? Usually I’m the one who gives them the path, especially if it is a woman. But either way, I feel like I’m offending my ancestors or something by reinforcing a time when black people had to defer to white people on the sidewalk.

What do I do? Keep it movin’ or move to the side? I really need to know what to do. When my son sees me step aside, he gives me that look like he thinks I’m a punk. I’m a 30-something black guy. —Sidewalk Sensitivity

It’s entirely possible that you’re just a really polite person and you do this for everyone, but because of your awareness of America’s racial history, you’re hyper conscious of stepping aside when you do it for white people.

But assuming that you really are giving race-based special sidewalk treatment, I can see why your own actions would bother you (and your son, and your ancestors, and maybe even many of the white people themselves, if they were conscious of what was happening) by suggesting that your access to a clear path is unimportant because you’re black.

Here’s the easy answer: Stop it! Seriously. Offer a little extra room to people of all races who are in wheelchairs or pushing strollers or who appear to be in a much bigger rush than you are (and women, if that type of chivalry is your thing), and don’t be so aggressive as to cause a collision with anyone, but never let a fellow walker’s color determine when you “hit the grass.”

Perhaps that’s easier said than done (I’m guessing it is or you would have answered your own question).

Of course, you didn’t pull this practice out of nowhere. You’re no doubt aware of the expectation in the Jim Crow South that African Americans step off sidewalks to allow white people to pass (sometimes called “giving whites the wall”), when failure to adhere to this racist rule could have deadly consequences.

It’s true that that type of explicitly enforced white supremacy stopped governing black people’s foot travel decades ago. But there’s a case to be made that the attitudes behind it—you know, the ones that make black men and boys transform into threats simply by, well, existing—persist.

We were reminded of them in discussions of the racially disparate impact of New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, the facts leading up to the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, and the evidence that “Stand your ground” laws tend to benefit defendants whose victims are black more than those whose victims are white. Plenty of parents of black boys have opened up about their lessons to their sons on best practices for appearing nonthreatening and navigating potential stereotypes on the part of law-enforcement officers and everyday white Americans.

Given all that, you definitely wouldn’t be crazy or alone if, in the back of your mind, you worried that any one of the possible misunderstandings that can come with bodies being in close contact could end badly for you if you failed to clear the sidewalk.

 

Keep reading the article by JENEE DESMOND-HARRIS online !

Happy Birthday to a Legend: Bisila Bokoko

Since March 2010, Tropics Magazine has played a pivotal role in inspiring and encouraging its global readers to follow their dreams, to get inspiration from other successful public figures and to basically continue to strive upon success.

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Today, June 26, marks the 40th birthday celebration of one Bisila Bokoko who is internationally known for her leadership and philanthropic background. In fact, Bisila Bokoko is the Founder and Chairperson of The Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote literacy among the African people. Ms. Bokoko has focused her efforts on organizing people and resources to build modern libraries in Africa.

In addition to running a nonprofit organization, Bisila is the CEO of BBES, a business development consultancy from the ground up that represents, promotes and markets brands internationally; leverages influence with key global business leaders and market influencers to create pathways into new markets. Connects businesses with celebrity game changers to serve as spokespersons, industry experts, platform providers and partnership brokers.
She also works as a Spokesperson/International Brand Ambassador and Business Developer for companies where she helps to create pathways and opportunities. She actively participates in Empretec Women Programs at the UNCTAD in Geneva where she helps to foster entrepreneurship capabilities among women in Latin America and Africa.

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Bisila is the Global Ambassador and strategist for Pikolinos and has contribute to promote the Massai Project, a line of shoes and bags designed in Kenya by over 1000 women from the Maasai Tribe. She also works as Ambassador for other fashion companies as Amparo Chorda, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, food companies as Carmencita leading company in spices and recently became the face of Foodie Channel TV. Also recently was named the Global Ambassador for the Liceo of Barcelona Opera House.

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As the penultimate achievement to an exceptional career spanning almost 20 years, Ms. Bokoko has made it her goal, from the start, to change the lives of people she encounters in life, for the better, specially the children. Even today, she promises to empower, inform and inspire people to live their best lives by following their dreams and vision.

“It really amazes me that I got to be around a woman who changes people’s lives every day and who never mention how busy she is or how big she has become.

For me, Bisila Bokoko is less about titles, business and leadership, and more about extreme generosity of spirit. That is part of her humanitarian legacy.”

All in one, the “Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project’ (www.bbalp.org) missions make up the REAL Bisila, and this is the big memory that will remain engraved in children’s minds around the world.

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I leave you with an interview she granted me with, last July, for Tropics Magazine’s readers and I hope it inspires you even more: Bisila Bokoko covers July issue 2013 of Tropics Magazine

On behalf of the entire team, we wish Ms. Bokoko a very Happy Birthday and may she continues to impact our lives positively.

 

Written by Venicia Guinot
Publisher& Editor-in-Chief, TROPICS MAGAZINE
Johannesburg, South Africa

Meet Kevin Richardson – The Lion Whisperer

Meet Kevin Richardson, a zoologist and animal behaviorist, has raised and trained some of the most dangerous animals known to man. The kind of animals most people come to see on African wildlife safaris are what Kevin refers to as his playmates.

To do this he does not use the common methods of breaking the animal’s spirit with sticks and chains, instead he uses love, understanding and trust. With this unusual method of training he has developed some exceptionally personal bonds with his students. He sleeps with lions, cuddles newborn hyenas, and swims with lionesses. Kevin can confidently look into their eyes, crouch to their level and even lie down with them – all taboos in the normal world of wild animal handling – yet he doesn’t get mauled or attacked. Some people call him crazy; others shake their heads at his unique method of interacting with the animals. To others he is a hero because he has been able to tame and handle beasts that haunt our imagination, triggering our deepest fears. This has earned Kevin the name the Lion whisperer. The Lion whisperers secret – get to know the particular personality of each animal, what makes them angry, happy, upset, irritated – just like a mother with a child.

Kevin’s interaction with these animals has raised questions, and dispelled certain myths. Kevin goes to show that animals do have individual characters, they do show feelings and most of all they can develop a special bond with a man. Not only does the whisperer get them to do things but he makes these dangerous creatures to show their playful side. The relationship Kevin has with these creatures is that of respect. Both man and animal have great respect for one another. Kevin treats each individual differently, speaking to them, caressing them and, above all, treating them with respect. Richardson, who has been working with the animals for the last ten years, has had his share of close encounters. This in the early days of his work when a four-year-old male lion gave him a lesson he will never forget. He says the beast put him to the ground and bit him until something in his passive attitude stopped the lion. Honestly I don’t understand what he means by that. Maybe the lion wasn’t just interested in having him for lunch. I mean how do you put sense in a lion that is about to turn you into a snack?

Having learnt his lesson early on the lion whisperer says he relays on his instincts to gauge situations and will not just approach a creature especially if it doesn’t feel right. He is also more confident with animals he has known since birth.

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Waris Dirie covers Tropics Magazine ‘Double Issue’ (Oct./Nov. 2013)

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Tropics Magazine (Oct./Nov) issue is out – http://issuu.com/tropicsmagazine/docs/tropics_magazine__oct-nov_2013_ 

Dear reader(s),

Tropics Magazine ‘Double issue’ is finally out and we feel so blessed to count you on our readers list. The Superwoman, Waris Dirie (www.desertflowerfoundation.org/), is starring this issue and she is sharing her experience as a Mother, a Supermodel, an Actress and a Human Rights Activist with all our readers, this month. Find out why she is nicknamed the ‘Desert Flower’; and we keep our fingers crossed as we wait to hear from you soon.

Hold on, that’s not it… We’ve compiled so much more information on beauty, arts, fashion and lifestyle and all this is free to grab. We sincerely hope that you will be enjoying this ride along with us, this November. May you feel inspired by the stories we’ve published in this issue and, please, do not forget to share the joy of cooking or hosting friends during this upcoming festive season.

Do remember to smile. Be happy and ‘Keep Paving the Way Forward!’

The Editorial Team, Tropics Magazine

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Cher(e) lecteur(rice),

Nous sommes ravis de vous retrouver, ce mois, après une très longue absence due au décès d’une de nos mères. Mais qu’ à cela ne tienne, cette pause nous a permis de refléter sur le travail préalablement accompli et enfin de réaliser la mission qui nous incombe. Nous revenons donc vers vous très joyeux et raison pour laquelle nous vous réitérons notre gratitude.

Notre numéro double avec, en couverture, une dame de fer, une dame de valeur, une femme qui ne nécessite plus aucune présentation. Il s’agit bien évidemment de Waris Dirie (www.desertflowerfoundation.org/), cette fille d’Afrique qui, depuis le sol Somalien, n’a pas hésité un seul instant à mettre fin à certaines atrocités. Nous sommes donc fiers de partager avec vous son parcours et son interview afin de mieux apprendre à la connaitre.

Toujours dans ce numéro, nous vous proposons des articles de fond tels qu’une présentation des Oscars Léopold Sedar Senghor sans oublier les entretiens de nos Correspondants Internationaux avec Aimé Nouma, Bénédicte Soret-Penchard; un article de société sur Rosemonde et Myriam, le premier couple marié de femmes en Martinique… Et comme tous les mois, vous aurez droit à l’actu beauté, business et mode avec le reportage coloré de la Fashion Week Canadienne et celui de l’édition 2013 de la Black Fashion Week de Paris (France) organisée par la Styliste Adama Paris.

Il ne nous reste plus qu’à vous souhaiter une excellente lecture. Restez Tropics, n’hésitez pas à faire tourner le lien du magazine message autour de vous et continuez à nous inspirer!

L’Equipe Editoriale, Tropics Magazine

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