For Immediate Release: Women of the African Diaspora

Rotterdam, NL/Stockholm, SWE – Women of the African Diaspora website is having a birthday complete with gifts for its readers. The website, which celebrates Black women, will unveil its new look and a new domain name on November 1, 2008.

"Women of the African Diaspora website is simply better than ever," says Sandra Rafaela, Women of the African Diaspora's co-founder and co-editor. "We are working very hard to create a website that provides information, inspiration and more for Black women around the world."

Women of the African Diaspora website leverages the global reach of the Internet to share relevant news, event notices and showcase a wide range of talented Black women including authors, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and others. And with Black women living on virtually every continent, it certainly has a large market.


"Women of the African Diaspora's website content is very compelling and shines a positive spotlight on Black women that main stream media far too often ignores," says Adrianne George, Women of the African Diaspora's co-founder and co-editor. "The number of visitors to the site has increased each month over the past year, and our new look and new domain name make us the perfect choice for advertisers who want to reach the important market of Black women consumers."

The year has been marked with highlights for the Women of the African Diaspora co-editors, with Ms. Rafaela's Afro European Sisters Network blog being awarded blogged's "great" rating. Ms. George's Black Women in Europe blog was a member of a credentialed blogging team at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Her blog also won the Helping Hand Award, a 2009 Black Web Award for Best European Website, and was a finalist for a 2008 Black Weblog award.

Within the next year, Ms. Rafaela and Ms. George have big goals for the website: to introduce new categories including a section showcasing photographers, increase the number of visitors, attract quality advertisers, and continue to fill every page of Women of the African Diaspora with inspiration and information for Black women.

"We've come so far in just one year," explains George. "We haven't just built a website, we've built a community with the Women of the African Diaspora Social Network. Rafaela explains, "We have really enjoyed meeting accomplished and positive Black women while providing them with a unique platform for exposure. We're ready to take on year two." Anniversary gifts are provided by Creating Tomorrow, iPavilion, Marsha T. Jenkins, Lutishia Lovely, and Victoria Wells.


More information is available at Women of the African Diaspora

Contact:
Sandra Rafaela:
sandra@womenoftheafricandiaspora.com

Adrianne George:
adrianne@womenoftheafricandiaspora.com


For more information:

Contact us: http://womenoftheafricandiaspora.com

Hastings Urges Increased Support for Combating Racism and Discrimination

Contact: Lale Mamaux
Phone: (202) 225-1901
Cell: (202) 279-0442
www.csce.gov





Hastings Urges Increased Support for Combating Racism and Discrimination
against Blacks and Other Minorities in Europe

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), introduced a resolution (H.RES.1496 ) calling on the United States government to increase support for public and private sector initiatives focused on combating racism and discrimination against blacks and other minorities in Europe. (Please find attached a copy of the resolution.)

“Black Europeans are a population of more than 7 million. Increasingly, they have become the targets of violent hate crimes, many resulting in death,” said Chairman Hastings. “It is imperative that the U.S. government increase its support for European efforts to combat racism and discrimination.”

The introduction of the resolution coincides with the launch of the Black European Women’s Council (BEWC) and their effort to fight for equality (visit: http://www.bewnet.eu). In an effort to raise public awareness at the national and international level, BEWC brought together over 130 Black women from across Europe to “insist on the recognition and inclusion of Black Europeans economically, politically, and culturally.”

The resolution also urges European governments to implement recently introduced anti-discrimination legislation and action plans, including a fund for victims incapacitated as a result of a hate crime.

“Like African-Americans, Black Europeans continue to be hampered by inequalities in education, housing, employment, and the criminal justice system, (e.g., racial profiling). Few Blacks are in leadership positions and political participation is limited for many, providing additional obstacles for addressing these problems. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution recognizing Black Europeans, their numerous contributions to society, and the struggles they face daily,” said Chairman Hastings.

On April 29, Chairman Hastings held a hearing entitled, “The State of (In)visible Black Europe: Race, Rights, and Politics,” (ctrl+click for link) focusing on the challenges and opportunities experienced by Europe’s Black population amidst reported increases in racism and discrimination, anti-immigration and national identity debates, and growing security concerns. Additionally, the hearing examined the impact of anti-discrimination measures as well as diversity initiatives aimed at ensuring and protecting equal rights for a population many do not know exists. Additional information on the hearing can be found at www.csce.gov.

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The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

Lale M. Mamaux, Communications Director
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
(Helsinki Commission)
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (FL-23), Chairman
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (MD), Co-Chairman
234 Ford House Office Building
202-225-1901 (phone)
http://www.csce.gov

Attachments:
Hastings_Resolution_Europe_9.24.08.pdf, 38 KB