Wow! The Black Women in Europe Blog turned 16 yesterday. 16 years of blogging that led to social groups and networks that led to our Power List which led to our podcast. 16 years of telling our stories. Is it OK to be a little tired? Looking forward to the holidays and another year celebrating us.
Domestic abuse activist Ngozi Fulani says she was repeatedly asked racially-loaded questions about her heritage and background by the palace aide at the reception, which was hosted by Queen Camilla.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said the member of the royal household has resigned and apologized after “unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments” were made.
Outlining the full conversation on Twitter, Fulani, who was born in Britain and attended the event on behalf of Sistah Space — a support group for African and Caribbean women affected by abuse — claimed she was asked questions like “what nationality are you?” “where do you really come from?” “where do your people come from?” and “what part of Africa are you from?”
The aide at the center of the controversy, called “Lady SH” in Fulani’s tweet about the incident, is widely being reported and referred to on social media as Lady Susan Hussey, 83, a longstanding lady-in-waiting to the late Queen Elizabeth and godmother to Prince William. King Charles recently made her Lady of the Household.
Mixed feelings about yesterday's visit to Buckingham Palace. 10 mins after arriving, a member of staff, Lady SH, approached me, moved my hair to see my name badge. The conversation below took place. The rest of the event is a blur. Thanks @ManduReid & @SuzanneEJacob for support🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/OUbQKlabyq
“We take this incident extremely seriously and have investigated immediately to establish the full details,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said on Wednesday.
“In this instance, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made,” the statement continued. “We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter, and are inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes.
“In the meantime, the individual concerned would like to express her profound apologies for the hurt caused and has stepped aside from her honorary role with immediate effect. All members of the Household are being reminded of the diversity and inclusivity policies which they are required to uphold at all times.”
Left to right: Sophie Countess of Wessex, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Camilla, Queen Rania of Jordan, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Sierra Leone’s First Lady Fatima Maada Bio, and Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska. KIN CHEUNG/WPA POOL/SHUTTERSTOCK
The racism allegations come as Prince William and Kate Middleton travel to Boston on Wednesday for three days of events leading up to William’s Earthshot Prize awards ceremony on Friday evening.
In a statement Wednesday, a spokesman for the Prince and Princess of Wales said: “I was really disappointed to hear about the guest’s experience. Racism has no place in our society. These comments were unacceptable and it’s right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.”
Following the event, Camilla issued a rare personal tweet on the royal family’s Twitter account.
“Today, a remarkable group of people gathered at Buckingham Palace with one aim – to see the end of violence against women and girls. I was deeply moved and inspired by their stories. With determination and courage, we will see the end of these heinous crimes forever,” she said, signing the message from “Camilla R,” standing for the Latin word for queen, “Regina.”
The previous lists combined have received well over 360,500 views on Slideshare and are presented in alphabetical order. They are intended to acknowledge powerful black women in Europe and to inspire others to reach their full potential. The lists do not aim to assess rank but rather to showcase influential women who, in some cases are well-known and in others, are women who should be known.
This is the 9th year the list contains a call to action to join the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva Lending Team which has 12 members. It is the 7th year that the Power List is dedicated to Derek McCullough, former List creative director, who died in 2015.
The Culture of Democracy Awards will honor brands, sports teams, volunteers, companies and more at the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit in Los Angeles
(Washington, DC): When We All Vote announced nominees for the first Culture of Democracy Awards. The winners will be announced at the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit June 10th-13th in Los Angeles California. The Summit will bring together industry leaders across sectors for a national conversation about protecting and expanding democracy ahead of the midterms and include an in-person keynote speech from When We All Vote Co-Chair and Founder Michelle Obama.
On Monday, June 13th the full day in-person Culture of Democracy Summit will begin at 9 a.m. PT at the Banc of California stadium culminating with the awards ceremony and Mrs. Obama’s keynote speech that evening. This all day event will include on-site activations, food and an after party for attendees.
The Culture of Democracy Awards recognizes leaders across industries and communities doing critical work to strengthen and protect democracy through voter registration, mobilization and culture change. The awards will be designed by artist Brandan “BMike” Odums. The full list of Culture of Democracy Award nominees is below:
Grassroots Organizations: Honoring When We All Vote partners working on the ground to mobilize voters at the state level
Black Voters Matter
Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda
Urban League of Philadelphia
Community Partners: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding community partners
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Volunteers: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding volunteer leaders
Adrianne, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Washington, DC
Becki, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in California
Jenalla, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Alabama
Lateshia, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Florida
Pat, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Mississippi
Sports: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding athletic partners
Atlanta Dream, WNBA
Bubba Wallace, NASCAR
Jayson Tatum, #MyStartingFive
Milwaukee Bucks, NBA
Sacramento Kings and RISE, NBA
Shaquille O’Neal, #MyStartingFive
My School Votes: Honoring outstanding students and teachers for their participation in My School Votes
Chris, Educator at Midtown High School in Georgia
Ivory, Educator at Jonesboro High School in Georgia
Jeremiah, Student at Renaissance High School in Michigan
Meisha, Educator at Aspira Bilingual Cyber Charter School in Pennsylvania
Tiffany, Student at Elite Scholars Academy in Georgia
Tina, Educator at Stilwell School of the Arts in Georgia
Music: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding music industry partners
Sony Music Group
Universal Music Group’s Task Force For Meaningful Change
Entertainment: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding entertainment partners
Goldman Global Arts
Live Nation Urban
MTV Entertainment Studios
United Talent Agency Foundation
Fashion and Beauty: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding fashion and beauty industry partners
Aurora James, Founder, Brother Vellies and Fifteen Percent Pledge
Business Leaders: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding corporate partners
Creative Alliance: Honoring marketing agencies using their expertise to help shape the culture around voting.
Village Marketing Agency, a Wunderman Thompson Company
Media: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding media partners
The Shade Room
Watch The Yard
Tech and Platforms: Honoring outstanding technology and platform partners who enable voter education and mobilization
The virtual day of the Summit will be open to the press, and reporters interested in attending in-person on June 13th should email firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited number of in-person press passes will be available. The Summit is being produced by Live Nation Urban and MKG, and ticketing is being supported by When We All Vote partner, Eventbrite. All Summit events, with the exception of a smaller gathering, will be held outside and all events will follow all CDC Covid-19 protocols. More announcements about speakers and the agenda are forthcoming. Tickets and more information are available here.
ABOUT When We All Vote:
When We All Vote, an initiative of Civic Nation, is a leading national, nonpartisan initiative on a mission to change the culture around voting and to increase participation in each and every election by helping to close the race and age gap. Created by Michelle Obama, When We All Vote brings together individuals, institutions, brands, and organizations to register new voters across the country and advance civic education for the entire family and voters of every age to build an informed and engaged electorate for today and generations to come. We empower our supporters and volunteers to take action through voting, advocating for their rights, and holding their elected officials accountable.
In 2020, When We All Vote ran a robust, multifaceted campaign and reached more than 100 million people to educate them about the voting process and get them registered and ready to vote. The initiative also led in voter education, registration, and volunteer engagement and as a result, 512,000 people started or completed the voter registration process, and nearly 500 media, corporate, and nonprofit partners joined its efforts.
Michelle Obama launched When We All Vote in 2018 and is joined by fellow Co-Chairs Stephen Curry, Becky G, Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, H.E.R., Liza Koshy, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Bretman Rock, Kerry Washington and Rita Wilson.
When We All Vote is a key initiative within Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and works with Civic Nation Action, a 501(c)(4). These organizations are homes for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation.
ABOUT Civic Nation:
Civic Nation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit home for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation. Civic Nation empowers and educates individuals, companies, institutions and organizations to drive culture, systems, and policy change, working towards a more inclusive and equitable America. Seven initiatives are a part of the Civic Nation family: When We All Vote, United State of Women, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, End Rape On Campus, It’s On Us, Made to Save and We The Action. Learn more.
I am joining the Ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The Eta Theta Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Silver Spring, MD virtually from Sweden on Saturday, October 1, 2022, starting at 9am to walk/run to fight to end childhood cancer.
It’s in-person or virtual! My personal goal is to raise 100 USD towards their 1922 USD goal. SURELY I can raise 100 USD, right?
Click through to donate from my page. Thanks so much for supporting @stjude
My name is Soror Lind. I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Welcome to the information page for the Women’s Wellness Initiative I am running in Sweden. I am a military wife and a member of our Sorority’s Military Initiatives Ad Hoc Committee Task Force. I am the lead for coordinating and maintaining contact with our active duty and retired Sorors and military family outside of the United States.
Since joining our illustrious Sorority in 2020, this is my first international service project. I chose Women’s and Girls Shelters across Sweden that serve domestic abuse victims. Why is this important? Here are some facts from the World Health Organization.
Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights.
Estimates published by WHO indicate that globally about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one-third (27%) of women aged 15-49 years who have been in a relationship report that they have been subjected to some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.
Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health, and may increase the risk of acquiring HIV in some settings.
Violence against women is preventable. The health sector has an important role to play to provide comprehensive health care to women subjected to violence, and as an entry point for referring women to other support services, they may need.
Additional shelters to support may be added. Some shelters provide housing, while others offer different services. You are able to choose which shelter you want to support by either donating hygiene articlesor money directly to the shelter.
In Sweden, women’s and girls’ shelters are organized by Roks.
Roks, the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters in Sweden, is the largest member organization for women’s shelters and young women’s shelters in the country. Roks aims at safeguarding the common interests of the shelters in their work against male violence toward women.
Roks strives to shape public opinion, and actively works to make the public aware of the reality that the shelters face, as well as to conduct outward dialogues around the issues concerning the shelters. There are currently around 100 women’s and young women’s shelters within the organization.
Roks is a feministic organization working on the rights of women and young women’s rights and liberation, as well as equality on all levels.
The Women’s Shelters
Each shelter is independent with its own working methods. However, what all the shelters have in common is an emergency helpline where women and young women can call if they need support. All callers can choose to remain anonymous should they so wish, and no one is registered.
The women’s shelters offer support based on the individual needs and wishes of each woman. Perhaps she needs to talk about her situation and her current relationship. She might even need advice about a police report or a custody dispute. It could also be about being the victim of sexual abuse, either recently or several years ago. The women working at the shelters provide conversational support and advice and can also go along as support when visiting the police, lawyers, and social services for example. Many shelters also offer sheltered housing for women and their children.
A number of shelters also have a separate legal hotline. Some shelters have text telephones to cater to women with impaired hearing. Other shelters specialize in receiving adults subjected to incest.
There are approximately 30 young women’s shelters within Roks, of which around ten are independent organizations. The young women’s shelters work in much the same way as the women’s shelters but turn to younger women who, for example, have been subjected to threats, ill-treatment, and sexual abuse, or, for some other reason, need to talk to another girl. They also actively work towards making the public aware of the girls’ living conditions. The Young Women’s shelters have their own website at www.rokstjejjourer.se
How you can help regardless of your geographical location
If you are reading this, you may be in a position to help. Below, you are able to learn more about the shelters we are supporting.
You can read more about my Sorority Sigma Gamma Rho’s Women’s Wellness Initiative from this link: bit.ly/MIAHWWISE
You can donate directly to the shelter you would like to support. Those details are below.
You can purchase hygiene articles from Amazon from our list to be delivered to the shelter from this link: bit.ly/MIAHWWI2. Choose Cecilia Heikkinen’s Gift Registry Address for delivery.
If you are familiar with a women’s or girls’ shelter in Sweden we have yet to work with, please share this page with them and email me via adrianne.georgelind (at) sgrhoneregion.org. I am super happy to add them to our list if they accept our help.
Thank you! or tack as we say here in Sweden.
Thank you for choosing to support women, their children, and girls that seek help when they are in a domestic violence situation. Every bit helps the women’s and girls’ shelters serve them and us. I will update this page with donation totals.
Last week, we broadcast a special Black Women in Europe audio and video podcast outlining the dire situation in Ukraine for our Diaspora. We hope you consider donating from the links we provided.
I also made a special request to support two African families relocated to Germany. A colleague is personally purchasing and delivering items for these two families, including a pregnant mother.
Hello friend, If you want to post for me again about the family from Cameroon, I’d appreciate it. I haven’t been back to see her since last week, but she sent me some links for some hair products which I am sure she needs. It was several hundred euros. Perhaps that’s a good inspiration for someone to donate! (I’m ordering them in any case of course, but thought it directly relates to your support of the diaspora). I’m going by today with her carpet because I finally got my car back. Stuff to cut her husband’s hair, for braiding, etc. Thank goodness for Amazon.de. They have everything and it comes fast.
Again, I personally know Sarah and trust her, and know that she is making sure these families get what they need. I’ve asked her to let the families know we are here and if they want to share their stories we want to listen. If they agree to pictures or more we’ll share here too.
But feel free to visit Sarah’s Facebook page to see the work she is doing and see some of the Ukrainian families who wanted to share pictures.