Coumba Touré, Chairperson of ADA, co-hosted the Fashion 4 Development’s 5th annual Official First Ladies luncheon at The Pierre Hotel on September 28, 2015 in New York City.
Fashion Week Daily describes the event:
"Each year during the UN General Assembly, Fashion 4 Development hosts its “First Ladies Luncheon,” and this year was one for the books. Guests at the Pierre Hotel in New York City yesterday included political influencers and diplomats from over 100 countries, who joined forces with leaders in the fashion industry to support the greater good of women and children, worldwide.
Download the 2015 First Ladies Annual Luncheon Book below:
Together with Global Fashion For Development (GF4D), ADA is organizing a Hippo Contest for Artists in Mali at the Giving Back Art & Design 2016 to be held on January 20-27 in Bamako, Mali.
ADA has partnered with Global Fashion For Development (GF4D) on fashion and design initiatives for development in Mali. Through this partnership, ADA selected three scholarship students from Mali in March 2015 for fashion and design courses in Korea through GF4D.
The newsletter below describes the success story of the first Scholarship student, Kaya Boubacar, who went to Korea for courses on Jewelry design and development at the AURUM Jewelry Design Academy.
The aim is to open a school of design in Mali in January 2016.
Global Fashion For Development (GF4D) is a non-profit organization working in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals of eradicating poverty, ensuring gender equality, and promoting sustainable development. Fashion is not just an industry. It’s a way of life. Every day, millions of people around the world interact with fashion – from workers in the garment industry, to businesses, to consumers, and beyond. With such a global reach, fashion is very much a way of life for all, but it is also an avenue to promote development and help reduce poverty worldwide. GF4D is a platform that harnesses the power and reach of the fashion industry to help countries of the global South meet those development goals. It is also a valuable platform by which people are encouraged to contribute socially towards activities and events that benefit individuals, businesses, and organizations in the fashion industry in the developing world.
Coumba Touré and UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 26, 2013 at the 32nd meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board in Geneva, Switzerland. ADA is partnering with UNAIDS to accelerate HIV prevention through the use of digital technologies.
ADA and UNAIDS will collaborate on promoting AIDS awareness, particularly among women and young girls in Africa, and support efforts undertaken to accelerate HIV prevention and treatment, care and support services for affected women and girls. Furthermore, the partnership will work towards promoting activities to mitigate the health, social and economic impact of the HIV epidemic on women and girls, and communities, while addressing gender inequality, including gender-based violence in the framework of a family-centered approach. The elimination of all forms of discrimination, stigmatization, and violation of human, sexual and reproductive rights of persons most affected by AIDS, particularly women and girls living with HIV, is a key goal of the partnership.
To achieve this, ADA is promoting the utilization of digital technologies in advancing gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, and to facilitate, in particular, access to HIV-related information and strengthen communication channels. ADA and UNAIDS will work together on increasing political commitment and resource mobilization for HIV service integration, including sexual and reproductive health, through digital technologies, especially in Africa.
MARITAGE International and McCann Health Partner To Create First-ever Campaign for 'A Shawl for All Women'
CANNES, France, June 19, 2013
MARITAGE (Multicultural Art and Heritage for Development) International—a global initiative led by First Ladies, women leaders, and influential artistic society, government, policy maker, and development actors around the world— announced today that it will partner with McCann Health, to launch a new global platform called "A Shawl for All Women Partnerships."
The new partnership was announced at the 2013 Cannes International Festival of Creativity.
"The shawl is a powerful universal symbol that unifies all women and represents the interrelated themes of art, culture, health and motherhood," said Her Excellency Dr. Christine Kaseba, First Lady of Zambia and a leading advocate of the effort.
MARITAGE International is a non-profit global initiative that seeks to economically empower female artisan groups in developing countries through collaboration with the public and private sectors.
According to MARITAGE, the goal is to galvanize support and raise funds for women's health initiatives by connecting public and private organizations that share an interest in improving the livelihood of vulnerable women and contributing to overall sustainable development.
"We are very proud and excited to partner with MARITAGE International to create the first-ever global campaign to launch 'A Shawl for All Women,'" said John Cahill. "It's a privilege to embark on this journey of hope with MARITAGE and to have the opportunity to connect partner brands with a global initiative that supports women's health and empowerment."
A "Shawl for All Women" will bring together partners from health, beauty and fashion to:
A "Shawl for All Women" will be launched at a gathering of First Ladies and influential women of the world taking place on September 24-25, 2013 in New York. The launch will coincide with the United Nations General Assembly Conferences and New York Fashion Week.
The entire MARITAGE International Delegation to Cannes is comprised of: Mrs. Coumba Toure, MARITAGE Chair and Founder of Advanced Development for Africa (ADA); Mr. Ludy Suryantoro, the Author and the Conceptualizer of "A Shawl for All Women" concept and partnerships; Mrs. Delia Von Rueti, MARITAGE Speaker for Hope and an International Jewelry Designer, Artist & Philanthropist; Ms. Sarah Von Rueti, MARITAGE Youth Ambassador; Mrs. Pingkan Ullmer, MARITAGE Coordinator; Ms. Trelise Cooper, MARITAGE Honorary Fashion Designer; and Ms. Hofit Golan, MARITAGE Honorary Host.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130619/NY35021 )
In its perpetual process of contributing to sustainable development in Africa, especially in the areas of health and education, ADA has just donated computing equipments to 2 schools in the district of Bamako in support of the Assistive Learning for Youth in Africa (ALIYA). This follows a phase of testing during which 3 targeted schools were screened for visual and hearing disabilities.
As a result, 2,902 students were screened for both stages (ORL and Ophthalmologist) among which 165 students were known to suffer from hearing abnormalities whilst ophthalmologic abnormalities were indicated in 298 students. The acquisition of this hardware (15 computers per school), including the improvement of computer rooms and the implementation of an Internet connection available for the beneficiary schools will allow students to be initiated to computing science through an induction program set up by their respective schools.
Indeed, this piloting implementation of a computer training program in basic schools will provide students, the leaders of the future, with computer skills. This training program just started on February 25th, 2013 in one of the targeted schools. Regular monitoring of these programs will be carried out by ADA in order to preserve the achievements and boost the perspectives for the complete success of the project.
Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) is supporting the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and is proud to partner with Advanced Development for Africa (ADA) as well as South South News, during the UN General Assembly in New York from 23 to 26 September 2012.
At this occasion BNI will present an Indonesian fashion and culture heritage celebration as well as enhancing the SME development. Talented designers such as Mr Denny Wiriawan and Ms. Tuti Kholid will present their collection at this prestigious event.
Situated at the forefront of the interface between health and ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Advanced Development for Africa (ADA) and Mali's National Agency for Telehealth and Medical Informatics (ANTIM), according to its initials in French, have signed an agreement. This partnership agreement, aimed to improve access to primary health care leveraging the use of ICT was signed by Mrs. Coumba Toure the President and chairwoman of ADA and Dr. Ousmane Ly the Director General of ANTIM.
The two organizations will set up mechanism of collaboration to achieve common goals and therefore improve their programs in implementing eHealth for the advantage of people in the developing countries. This framework of cooperation will prove beneficial for the development of effective workforce programs, strengthening health services and the local access to public health services.