The U.S. Embassy in Mali is pleased to announce the launch of its Women’s leadership and reading Club’s activities this week at the National Library of Mali. The launch ceremony of this Club, initiated by the American Center of Bamako, was attended by the Director of the National Library of Mali, the Director of the American Center Bamako, the Nouveaux Horizons Ambassador, Djélika Traoré, and members of the club.
At the launch, each club member received a copy of the book ” Femmes Noires, Femmes de Pouvoir ” written by award-winning American author Avis Jones-DeWeever, international speaker, political commentator and women empowerment expert. This book synthesizes the insights of seventy outstanding black women leaders as well as the author’s personal opinions, the result of a twenty-year career spent not only in leadership positions but also in building successful businesses.
During his opening remarks, the Director of the American Center, reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to capacity building and the socio-economic empowerment of women in Mali through various projects and noted benefits of reading, including increased knowledge and personal development.
The Director of the Library also thanked the U.S. Embassy in Mali for this initiative; reaffirmed the availability of his organization to accompany all actions promoting reading and encouraged participants to pursue their dreams. The New Horizon Ambassador Djelika shared tips with participants on how to make reading easier, such as finding a topic you are passionate about; balancing reading a book with accomplishing a goal; and moving at your own pace.
This women reading club comes after a series of programs implemented by the American Center to promote women leadership and capacity building, including the “Muso Program”.