Special event to commemorate Africa Day in London

A special event to commemorate Africa Day will be held on 25th May 2014 at 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA, from 5pm.

Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union).

Ms Charlotte Simon Bongumba, Founder of Mothers of Congo

The event is jointly organised by Universal Peace Federation, Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK, and African Peace and Inclusive Development.

It will be addressed by Pauline Long, an entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer, motivational speaker, and music video director with over 25 awards. Ms Long is also the founder of Europe’s biggest award for black and ethnic personalities in entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts – BEFFTA.

Ahmed Shebani Ahmed Shebani, the Founder of The Democratic Party of Libya, has also been invited to address the event. Mr Shebani is a civil engineer, politician and human rights activist. He is a respected Libyan dissident from the city of Misurata and a Libyan affairs specialist. He is the founder of the Libyan Freedom & Democracy Campaign.

The event will also be addressed by Charlotte Simon Bongumba, Founder of Mothers of Congo. The organisation promotes awareness of the plight of the mothers of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in particular those in eastern part of the country who have suffered greatly while trying to raise their families.

Ms Bongumba is a Trustee of the Tatiana Giraud Foundation whose aim is to actively contribute to the restoration of women, girls, communities and families that have been victims of sexual violence in the north-eastern DRC.

The Foundation works closely with grassroots organisations, treating and counselling victims while raising awareness of their plight in local communities. It aims also to financially support hospitals in the more remote or less developed areas of the Kivu region in the DRC to provide various treatments including healthcare, psychological treatment, temporary housing, as well as job training programmes for victims.

Robin Marsh, Secretary General, Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK will make a presentation on International Efforts to Curb Conflict Minerals.

The event will conclude with a film about Child Soldiers and Conflict Minerals.

To book a place, please send an email to pa@uk.upf.org