Pan African Women of Faith will gather in Washington, DC from 13-15 November to advocate for global nutrition and to observe the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved African peoples to Jamestown, Virginia (USA).
The Pan African Women of Faith of Bread for the World, Pan African Women’s Ecumenical Empowerment Network of the World Council of Churches, and African Union in partnership with the All Africa Conference of Churches will welcome more than 70 women to the “African At Heart: 2019 Advocacy and Resource Summit.”
Those gathered will affirm their support of the African Union’s theme, “400 Years is Enough!” Conference organizers will seek to encourage, engage and educate Pan African Women of Faith on inclusive, impactful, and sustainable ways to re-right the narrative of Africans and peoples of African origin and to advocate for global nutrition with the US Congress. Pan African Women and their families are disproportionately affected by the historic roots and the contemporary challenge of malnutrition.
Participants will also commence with the 1619 Potomac River Pilgrimage. This historical journey will lead the women through ceremonies of lament, celebration, and vision. Beginning at the banks of the Potomac River, they will remember the sale of their ancestors from the continent, which will then lead them to the ground of Fredrick Douglass to reflect on both abolitionists' movements of the United States and that of Pan Africa. Lastly, they will profess the vision of repair and flourishing as they close the pilgrimage at the foot of the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument.
The women will also honor the Thursdays in Black campaign for a world free from rape and violence, as they advocate and lobby for global maternal and child nutrition.