Public Figures Supporting FAS' work

 H. E. Mr Abdoulaye WADE
President of Republic of Senegal
African Gender Award 2007
12 décembre 2007 - Dakar, SENEGAL
« ... Mais, au vrai, est - ce réellement un hasard quand d'illustres Dames de notre continent, épousant la marche du temps et comprenant les grands enjeux du Développement, se liguent et se mobilisent pour l'une des plus grandes causes qui agitent la modernité contemporaine qu'est le combat pour l'Equité des Genres ?
C'est pour exprimer devant Vous, Mesdames et Messieurs, mes chaleureuses Félicitations à Femmes Africa Solidarité pour ses brillantes initiatives et son total engagement en faveur des femmes du monde en général, des femmes d'Afrique en particulier. Soyez, Madame la Directrice Exécutive, mon interprète auprès des membres de votre grande ONG, pour leur rappeler le soutien et la sympathie que le Peuple, l'Etat du Sénégal et moi - même, leur accordons. ... »

 

 H.E. Mr Paul KAGAME
President of the Republic of Rwanda
Receiving the African Gender Award from Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)
12 December 2007 - Dakar, SENEGAL
« ... Allow me to express my sincere gratitude to Femmes Africa Solidarité for the African Gender Award you have granted us Rwandans, in recognition of our efforts to ensure that women and men are equal partners in nation building. I congratulate you on the just concluded African Gender Forum that addressed a very critical question facing Africa today - namely, African migration and its impact on women. ... »


 H.E. Mr Amadou Toumani TOURE
President of the Republic of Mali
Receiving the Tomboucton Price from Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)
11-15 June 2006 - Bamako, MALI

« ... Mesdames et messieurs, mes hommages vont à toutes les dames qui ont tenu à marquer cette cérémonie par leur présence effective.(...) Je tiens particulièrement à féliciter et encourager la Directrice Exécutive de Femmes Africa Solidarité notre sœur Bineta DIOP.  (...) Bineta, j'ai été l'un des témoins vigilants de toutes les activités que votre organisation a pu mener depuis dix ans. (...) Je suis fier d'avoir été avec vous hier. Je suis fier aujourd'hui d'avoir reçu et accepté le prix. Mais, je voudrais aussi saluer ici si vous le voulez bien et adresser mes vives et chaleureuses félicitations au comité d'organisation pour le travail remarquable qu'elle a accompli ... »

 

 H.E. Mrs Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF
President of the Republic of Liberia
Bamako Conference on Gender, Peace and Security on the occasion of FAS' 10th anniversary
11-15 June 2006 - Bamako, MALI

« ... In our own sub region of West Africa, women's roles have been recognized to the effective grassroots and community mobilization activities such as 50/50 Women Movement in Sierra Leone, the Liberian Women Initiative in Liberia, the Mano River Women Network for Peace which has been mentioned several times today; the challenges they have faced were enormous and well documented, their successes are also well known. Today, as we reflect upon half a decade, since the Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, we are reminded that greater efforts still needed to be made to ensure compliance with these provisions ... » 

 

H.E. Mary RobinsonH.E. Mrs Mary ROBINSON
Former President of Ireland and chairperson of the Council of Women Leaders
Interviewed on BBC's political news programme, HARD talk, on the role of working women worldwide
   VIDEO  -  March 11th 2008
« ... At the moment there is network in Africa called Femmes Africa Solidarité that is helping women. It worked in Burundi for a conflict resolution. It has worked in the DRC and we need to do a lot more. It’s working currently with women in Kenya and I have met, at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York only about over a week ago, I met some of the women from Kenya. They have reached out together, members of different, different MPs from different  political parties, a woman Bishop and a local community activist came together and would not be divided by what is happening in Kenya ... »

 

Mr Kofi ANNAN
UN Secretary General
UN General Assembly - December 2003

Kofi Annan praised the work of civil society organisations that have adopted effective multi-dimensional, coordinated and regional collaborative approaches in their struggles to promote peace.
Mr. Annan specifically pointed out MARWOPNET, a FAS initiative, for recognition, insisting that the Network “aptly demonstrates” all of these innovative and effective approaches. MARWOPNET Awarded 2003 United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights.

 


 H.E Mrs Sia Nyama KOROMA
First Lady of Sierra Leone
Opening ceremony of FAS' African Gender Forum and Award
December 10, 2008 - Dakar, SENEGAL
« ... I also wish to recognise and appreciate the excellent work of FAS in supporting peace building initiatives by women in the Mano River sub region and particularly the sustained assistance it has given to the establishment and sustenance of the Mano River Women's Peace Network (MARWOPNET) ... »


 H.E. Mrs Suzanne MUBARAK
First Lady of Egypt
Opening Statement by during the 12th Pre Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union, organize by FAS
21 June 2008 - Sharm El Sheikh, EGYPT

« ... I am of the belief that the measures that are needed to effect change for women can only take place within an environment that is safe enough to allow for risk-taking and innovation. In other words, women's empowerment, indeed as that of men, must be predicated on an enabling setting that promotes reform and provides the protection necessary for reform to take root. These would include equitable laws and their application, special provisions to overcome cultural barriers, access to essential services, and a safety net on which to depend. In this respect, much can be done on behalf of women, particularly at the disenfranchised grassroots level, to help them exercise their development potential and gain access to physical and intellectual assets necessary to take control of their own lives and future.
In Egypt, we have begun the implementation of a national vision that rests on three fundamental principles. These are equality of opportunity, investment in human capital, and the promotion of growth via a pro poor lens to accelerate the development trajectory... »


 Fact finding mission to eastern Chad along with six other prominent women, here from left to right with Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France :
- Mrs Bineta Diop, Founder and Executive Director of Femmes Africa Solidarité
- Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, ’Managing Director of Worldbank and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria
- Mrs Angelique Kidjo, Benin singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
- Mrs Mary Robinson, President of Realizing Rights and Former President of Ireland and former UN High Commisioner for Human Rights,
- Mrs Musimbi Kanyoro, Secretary General of World YWCA
- Mrs Jane Wales, President and Executive Director of World Affairs Council of Northern California, co-Founder of Global Philanthropy Forum.

 The mission returned to Paris and met with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and the Secretary of State, Rama Yade. 

  VIDEO : High-level women visit to French Secretary of State, Mrs Rama Yade.


 Ms Ségolène Royal
Former presidential candidate in the French elections
May 2007
« ... Je remercie chaleureusement votre organisation, Femmes Africa Solidarité, pour ses encouragements. Il y a quelques semaines, j’ai eu l’occasion de dire à Aminata Traoré, présente à l’une de mes réunions publiques, ma conviction que le développement de l’Afrique passait forcément par les femmes. Elles ont l’énergie, elles ont l’opiniâtreté, elles effectuent 80% du travail de la terre, mais n’ont accès qu’à 5% des crédits bancaires ... »