Conference Program


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Our keynote speaker is Zeinab Eyega, Executive Director and Founder of the Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families New York.

We also have a host of other speakers, including:

Mojubaolu Okume, Professor of Political Science and co-founder of Bring Back Our Girls, New York

Lady Yartey Ajayi, Lecturer, International Relations, Covenant University, Nigeria, Chair of ASRF Committee on African Projects

Mojoyin Onijala, Attorney at Shearman and Sterling, LLP, New York

Khandikile Sokoni, Attorney at True, Walsh, and Sokoni, LLP, Ithaca, New York

Our moderator is Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, Professor and Chair of the Politics Department at Ithaca College


May 22nd and 23rd, Ithaca College will hold invite-only workshops tackling how to frame anti-harassment training modules for African communities. We look forward to creating products that will be applicable to both educational and professional settings, with the help of experts with local and global points of view.

Conference Program:

Forum on Freedom from Gender-Based Violence Conference

Africana Center, 301 Triphammer Road, Cornell University

9:00 am Continental Breakfast

9:20 am Welcome: Peyi Soyinka-Airewele

9:30 am Panel Conversations: “Gendered and Domestic Violence: Realities and Struggles in Transnational Africa”:

· Dr. Lady Adaina Ajayi, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University, AGNES Junior research fellow and Chair of ASRF Standing Committee on Projects for Africa.

· Professor Mojubaolu Okome, Leonard & Claire Tow Professor of African & Women’s Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY and Co-Founder of the Bring Back our Girls Movement, New York.

· Moderator, Makda Weatherspoon

10:45 am Coffee/Tea Break

11:00 am Keynote

· Guest Speaker: Zeinab Eyega, Founder and Executive Director of the Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families, and winner of the 2016 2016 Lydia Martinez Multidisciplinary Collaboration Award. Ms. Eyega has been widely celebrated for her excellence in prevention of abuse and empowering African women in the Diaspora

· Q&A: Facilitated by Naminata Diabate

12:00 Lunch

1:00pm Legal and Health Clinic: Empowering African women and Men

· Khandikile Sokoni. Attorney, True, Walsh, and Sokoni, LLP, Ithaca, New York: Handling Immigration Dilemmas and Challenges for Women facing Abuse

· Mojoyin Onijala. Attorney, Shearman and Sterling, LLP, New York: Protection, and Prosecution on Campus and Community: Beyond the Silencing of Black Women and the Criminalization of Black Men.

· Nnena Ikogwu: Tackling Health Ramifications for Victims and Survivors

(Feedback and Audience Roundtable Conversations: facilitated by Akossiwa Sinon & Marie Richardson)

2:30pm AWI Forum: Building a Strong Diasporic Future: Full House Conversations: (facilitated by Maimouna Phelan and Jarra Jagne)

3:00pm Closing and Vote of Thanks: Peyi Soyinka-Airewele