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Message from the Executive Director

semhar After a very busy summer, August is DAWN's quiet calm before the storm.  Many of us are still buzzing over DAWN's 3rd Annual Dinner, the DC Africa Festival, and the President's Forum with African Youth Leaders.  But believe it or not, there's even more to come!

We have an exciting series of events, drives and initiatives coming this fall, beginning with our DAWNer Membership Drive this September!  If you have been wanting to join DAWN, visit our website and find out how you can apply! 
DAWN is also working hard to improve how we communicate with our members and ensuring that you are satisfied with our programming and events.  We invite you to stay in touch with us and share your thoughts, ideas, comments and questions by emailing us at feedback@dawners.org. It's critical that DAWN fulfills its mission by truly giving DAWNers and DAWNistas the kind of support they need and want.

Semhar Araia
Executive Director and Founder of DAWN

DAWN's 3rd Annual Reception & Dinner - The Rise of DAWN!

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On Friday, July 30, 2010, DAWN celebrated its Third Annual Reception & Dinner at the Beacon Hotel in Washington, DC.   

With a full house of DAWNers & DAWNistas, DAWN began its celebration by officially launching its SEEDS Program, which provides mentorship, professional development and leadership programming to its mentors by upholding the Core Principles of Sisterhood, Excellence, Empowerment, Diversity & Service (SEEDS).

For a full slideshow of our spectacular evening, click here!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the evening a success!
  • DAWN Executive Committee
  • Volunteers: Esraa Bani, Sara Abdelrahim, Joy Mbajah, Maame Boakye, Kaade Wallace, and Eddine Mureke
  • Sponsors: Putumayo Records & Khalid Sukkar

DAWN Fall 2010 Membership Drive
Sign up to join DAWN!  Drive is from September 1 - 31, 2010

It's that time of year again!  Throughout the entire month of September, DAWN will be holding its Fall 2010 Membership Drive from September 1 - 30, 2010.  DAWN looks forward towelcoming new, dynamic women of the African Diaspora who have a proven commitment to the continent and her community.  DAWN is rising and we are looking for amazing women to join us!

If you are interested in joining DAWN, please apply at http://www.dawners.org/join-dawn.html or if you know of women who are eligible for DAWN, please encourage them to submit an application.  For more questions or information, please contact Nicole at outreach@dawners.org.

Also, if you are a current DAWNer, don't forget! Your annual membership dues will be automatically renewed via Paypal in September or the date of your last membership dues payment.  Please deactivate it if you do not want to automatically continue your membership with DAWN.   We'd hate to see you go, but DAWN wants to make your membership continue as seamlessly as possible.

Introducing SEEDS by DAWN

It is with great pride and honor that DAWN introduced its new SEEDS logo at our Third Annual Reception & Dinner.  As we continue to grow and gain momentum, DAWN wanted to capture our mission through our Core Principles of SEEDS: Sisterhood, Excellence, Empowerment, Diversity, and Service. As a permanent campaign of motivation and mentorship programs, SEEDS by DAWN deserves to shine as its own star. So voila', here is our new package for the DAWN SEEDS!
The DAWN MOMs programming and DAWNista Mentorship Program are just two of the ways DAWN will carry out its SEEDS Core Principles.  The logo represents two hands in the process of reaping and/or planting sprouts. The tangerine red buds form a heart that symbolizes care and passion, which are at the base of the mentorship program and are the qualities we look for in our mentees. Earthy, warm brown hands form an arch around the heart, representing nurture and guidance, which are offered by our mentors. And finally, the gold seed symbolizes our core principles and the bright, positive, energized foundation for our future. 

DAWN thanks everyone for your support and input for the SEEDS! 

 DAWN at The President's Forum with Young African Leaders


Earlier this month, DAWN was invited to participate in the President's Forum with African Youth Leaders, an initiative with approximately 120 young leaders from Africa's civil society and the private sector representing more than forty countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  The participants shared their insights on key themes of youth empowerment, good governance, and economic opportunity.

PFAYLTitled "Speaking Truth to Power: Overcoming Obstacles to Change", DAWN spoke briefly to the delegates about best practices for effective networking, organizing and advocacy skills.  It was a lively discussion with nearly one-third of the delegates in attendance. DAWN shared the floor with the Africa Society and also attended the plenary session where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson delivered remarks to the delegates.  
  •  For a full transcript of President Obama's Town Hall Forum with the leaders, click here.

DAWNer of the Month
Elinor Tesfamariam

E.BaniElinor K. Tesfamariam is a managing member and immigration attorney at Plenpovo Law, PLLC. She has well-rounded experience in all forms of immigration law, particularly family petitions; adjustments of status; asylum; Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, detention and employment-based visas. Elinor is particularly knowledgeable about detention processes and has successfully negotiated with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on behalf of many clients. Prior to establishing Plenpovo Law, Elinor was the co-founder and Managing Member of Immigration and Human Rights Law Group.

Passionate about ensuring justice for all, she has vigorously developed areas of expertise and taken action regarding key human rights issues such as:  female genital mutilation (or cutting) (FGM or FGC), genocide and Immigrant's rights. Elinor has provided Know Your Rights seminars for Immigrants; assisted in the creation of a human rights curriculum for the transitional Somali government; assisted in a US death penalty appeal case and contributed in the creation of fair anti-drug enforcement laws and sentencing guidelines.

Elinor is originally from Eritrea.  She earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.  She earned her bachelor degree from Western Washington University.  She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Congratulations Elinor! We are proud to have you as a DAWNer!!!

African News

New literary series views Africa through African eyes
Tired of reading accounts of Africa through the eyes of outsiders, 14 African writers have set out to document the diversity of their content in a series of books and blogs partly inspired by the soccer World Cup. Read More

Somalia: Getting an education against all odds
Five years after a local charity opened a university to offer this bullet-scarred city's youth an alternative to militia life and emigration, the first degrees have been awarded.  Read More

Upcoming Events
What: DAWN  Monthly Dinner
Time: 6:00PM - 8 PM EST

October 8-10
What: Breast Cancer Walk
Time: TBD
About this event:  Once again, DAWN will participate in this year's Susan G. Komen's Walk for the Cure. It will be taking place October 8-10. If you are interested in volunteering with fellow DAWNers in supporting the cure for breast cancer, contact Milen Zerabruk via e-mail at milenzerabruk@gmail.com.

For a listing of events in the Washington, DC area, please visit DAWN's Calendar of Events at http://www.dawners.org/events.html
DAWN's Monthly Inspiration

"We're going to keep helping empower African youth, supporting education, increasing educational exchanges like the one that brought my father from Kenya, in the days when Kenyans were throwing off colonial rule and reaching for a new future. And we're helping to strengthen grassroots networks of young people who believe, as they're saying in Kenya today, yes, youth can!"

-Barack Obama, President of the U.S.A
In This Issue
DAWN's 3rd Annual Reception & Dinner
DAWN Fall Membership Drive!
Introducing SEEDS by DAWN
DAWN at the President's Forum with Young African Leaders
DAWNer of the Month: Elinor Tesfamariam
African News
Upcoming Events
African Independence Summer Dates

Eritrea - May 24
Mali - June 20
Senegal - June 20
Mozambique - June 25
Madagascar - June 26
Djibouti - June 27
Seychelles - June 29
DRC - June 30
Somalia - July 1
Burundi - July 1
Rwanda - July 1
Algeria - July 3
Cape Verde - July 5
Malawi - July 6
Comoros - July 6
So Tom & Principe - July 12
Benin - August 1
Niger - August 3
Burkina Faso - August 5
Cte d'Ivoire - August 7
Chad - August 11
CAR - August 13
Congo - August 15
Gabon - August 17

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