This event is not organized or sponsored by the United Nations.

This is the second webchat in a series of three organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Race, Ethnicity and Social Inclusion Unit, in support of the International Decade for People of African Descent.

Investing in women of African descent is a growing opportunity, as they represent approximately 100 million people in the region. However, women of African descent across the Americas often face multiple barriers to growing their businesses and accessing financing.

During this discussion, women entrepreneurs of African descent and representatives from the financial sector will:

  • Share practical ways entrepreneurs can grow their businesses and access financing, such as how to effectively pitch a business to attract investors;
  • Outline how the financial sector is currently investing in and supporting businesses with women of African descent founders in the region;
  • Discuss the economic benefits of investing in businesses with female founders of African descent;
  • Highlight solutions for expanding access to financing for entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.

This webchat is conducted in Spanish.

When: Wednesday, 14 November @3:00pm EDT

To join the webchat, please go to: https://share.america.gov/es/decenioafro/.

The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe will host a human rights training for individuals of African descent who are living in a EU Member State and who are actively engaged in the promotion of the rights of people of African descent. The training aims to increase the participants’ knowledge of the functioning of the international human rights system as well as enable them to make use of its instruments and mechanisms for defending the human rights of people of African descent. The training will also provide participants with relevant skills to promote the implementation of the International Decade for people of African descent in their respective countries.

Find out more about the objectives, requirements, selection and format of the training.

Application form

Deadline for Applications: 9 November 2018 18h00 CEST

This event is not organized or sponsored by the United Nations.

People of African descent across the European Union regularly face racial discrimination, racist crime, racial profiling and social exclusion. The policy implications of these experiences will be discussed at the public launch of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights’ report on “Being Black in the EU.”

28 November 2018, 9:00 – 10:30

European Parliament, Brussels

Hosted by Cecile Kyenge MEP, Malin Bjork MEP, and the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI); sponsored by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Opening remarks

  • Cécile Kyenge, MEP, Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
    and Co-President, Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup
  • Malin Björk, MEP, Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and member of Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup

What it means to be Black in the EU – FRA survey findings

  • Michael O’Flaherty, Director, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

Ways forward – views from experts and plenary debate

  • Christie Edwards, Deputy Head, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Elisabeth Kaneza, Senior Fellow on Persons of African Descent, UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe
  • Esther Mamadou, Executive Director, European Network of People of African Descent
  • Ghyslain Vedeux, Chair, Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires, Board Member of the European Network Against Racism
  • Rossalina Latcheva, Senior Programme Manager, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Tena Šimonović-Einwalter, Chair, European Network of Equality Bodies

To attend, please register here

This event is not organized or sponsored by the United Nations.

Juneteenth celebration