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Sahle-Work Zewde is Ethiopia’s first female president and second african female head of state

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Ethiopia has appointed its first female president. Sahle-Work Zewde was unanimously elected by the parliament in Addis Ababa. It comes just a week after the prime minister has appointed a gender-balanced cabinet with 50 percent female ministers. Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports.

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Sahle-Work Zewde (68). Ethiopia’s First Woman President & Second African Serving Female Head of State.

Zewde is fluent in English and French as well as her native language. She was born in Adis-Abeba, studied in France and has been an ambassador to France, Djibouti, and Senegal. Her most recent post was as the UN top official at the African Union. 

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Her top priorities are women’s right and peace. She has been a strong advocate for women rights during her office in the UN, now she is president she will use this opportunity to keep pressing her advocacy even more. As president, she is expected to run two 6-year terms.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Photo: Frederik Sandberg

The first female president was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (79), she served as president of Liberia and was the first African female head of state. Sirleaf served as 24th president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018.

 

 

 

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Before Barack Obama and Maxine Waters there was Shirley Chisholm

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Before Barack Obama and Maxine Waters there was Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm first made history in 1968 when she became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, representing the 12th Congressional District of Brooklyn in New York City, but Chisholm had her eyes set on the highest office in the land. Today we celebrate the birthday of (1924-2005)! First Black woman elected to Congress, first Black woman to candidate for U.S. president, unsought and unbossed visionary.

Here’s her presidential bid speech from 1972:

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Stephanie Omogun co-founder Melanin Wonder in Miss World NL!

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Stephanie O. at the Koning Events in Amsterdam rocking her Dasonia dress
Stephanie at the Koning Events - Makeup by @stylebylivia

Miss World what does it mean?

A sit down with Stephanie Omogun who tells us all! ⇓

Founders

The Miss World Organisation was founded on the 29th of July in 1951 by the late Eric Morley.

Julia Morley is the current president of the Miss World organisation and Brand. It was the first pageant ever and right after followed  by Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth. It is a first tier beauty pageant.

The main slogan of the pageant is:

Beauty with a Purpose!

Which simply means that you should not only be beautiful but you should also be involved in society, stand strong for a cause and have a beautiful mind as well.

What should you be involved with as a pageant contender?

This is usually a good cause or any other humanitarian act or cause.

 

Stephanie Omogun Finalist of the Miss World Netherlands pageant posing at the Royal Delft Factory

Stephanie Omogun Finalist of the Miss World Netherlands pageant posing at the Royal Delft Factory

 

Miss World Netherlands supports The Phillippines!

Miss World Nederland supports the the AETA tribe in the Philippines. These AETA tribe people keep getting pushed into a corner. This is because they live in the Jungle. The major corporations keep cutting jungle  trees to build sky scrapers and companies.

Which leaves little to no room to the AETA tribe who still wish to live in the bush.

Besides the harsh discrimination (mostly color-ism) that they face they now also have to deal with corporations.

The corporation keep disturbing their natural habitat too! Which is inhumane and unfair.

Miss World Netherlands will stand strong for them and strive to change their situation.

 

The indigenous people in the Phillippines. The original tribe and one of the first tribes to inhabit the land.

The indigenous people in the Phillippines. The original tribe and one of the first tribes to inhabit the land.

All Miss World winners around the world will compete in China which will host about 120 misses from around the globe in the as they call it ‘little piece of Hawai in China’  the city: SANYA.

 

Stephanie O. on the HUGH Women Empowerment Event in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Stephanie in her all-white outfit after catwalk lessons

Stephanie is currently competing in the competition with 16 other contenders.

“The finale will be at Koning Events at Isolatorweg 29 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

It will be hosted in a Royal and beautiful hall. 

Important guests and prominent people from the pageant world will be joining us at the GRAND FINALE ON JUNE 10TH! So you should all get tickets and be there!” Stephanie says.

 

Last week I payed the ticket of a refugee that was stranded.

 

Miss World Finalist at a Castle

Stephanie at De Wittenburg Castle – Dress from www.dasonia.com

The license holder of this awesome competition is: Katia Maes. She is originally from Belgium but she currently resides in Holland.

She sent a lot of girls to international pageants during her career. To big international pageants such as Miss Tourism International, Miss Earth, Miss International, Miss Supernational and now also to Miss World.

Left: Rachelle Reijnders - Miss World Nederland 2016 | right: Katia Maes

Left: Rachelle Reijnders – Miss World Nederland 2016 | right: Katia Maes PhotoCredit: Hans Lachman

Katia Maes is currently the president of ‘Miss Word Nederland’ the most prominent pageant in the Netherlands which is quite an accomplishment. This year is her third year organizing this pageant.

Stephanie O. by Sacha van Manen

Stephanie by Sacha van Manen

Stephanie: “How I am and contribute to the competition is to stay close to myself. Many contenders do charity for others or visit an elderly home etc.

But if you finish the competition or if you end up not winning the title would you still visit the elderly home on a weekly basis?”

Like I said I decided to stay close to myself and would love to uplift upcoming talents.

I write about them on Melanin Wonder of course which I am the owner of together with the co-founder of melaninwonder.com Janet Dara.

Janet and Stephanie founders of Melanin Wonder

Janet and Stephanie founders of Melanin Wonder

What have you personally done in this competition so far?

Last week I payed the ticket of a refugee that was stranded. He could not go anywhere and only had a chip card but no money for transport.

I really felt compelled to help him. He told me that they had deported him out of the country.

It was like I saw him at just the right moment and I was also in a very good mood. As if it was meant to be actually amazing. You couldn’t make this up.

 

Dutch Trains, NS an abbreviation of Nederlandse Spoorwegen meaning Dutch ARailway

Dutch Trains, NS an abbreviation of Nederlandse Spoorwegen meaning Dutch Railway

I put 20 euros on his OV chipcard out of free will. It was way out of my comfortzone but I just felt like doing it at the moment.

Also do I make video blogs (VLOGS) about the Miss World Journey to show who we are. It is not only about the Grand Finale but also about the journey every week.

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We are all different, we all have our different personalities. We all have our seperate lives while we compete for the Crown!

So people can follow what we actually do besides taking Pictures, LOL.

Miss World Netherlands gives back to the country

If you put it in the bigger picture. This pageant also contributes to the social conversations we have in this country.

You clearly see that women from different backgrounds get a long with each other. Multicultural and getting along does actually exist.

 

Stephanie at a Ti-CHi workshop by Tai Chi Sifu Patrick Wolters.

Stephanie at a Ti-CHi workshop by Tai Chi Sifu Patrick Wolters.

Why compete?

You get a platform and you get the chance to tell your story and tell people why you decided to wear the sash. It gives you a voice, a platform and most of all. People will actually listen to what you have to say. It sounds a bit weird but it actually does give you a BIGGER voice.

 

Miss World Finalist 2018 Stephanie

Miss World Finalist 2018 Stephanie – Dress by www.dasonia.com

I will have a much bigger impact on the world and in the Netherlands. Also will the media and many others give you a platform to do much more for your fellow people. I love helping people to get where they want to be. Literally and Figuratively! Just like America, The Netherlands has become one big melting pot of culture, religions and heritages. look at Amsterdam and many other big cities.

 

source: www.missworldnederland.nl

source: www.missworldnederland.nl

All these different people calling themselves a Dutchman and go to school. They all contribute to the welfare of the Netherlands as a WHOLE. I am one of them actually. The world must see that I too am a reflection of how a Dutch person could look like in 2018.

 

Stephanie

Stephanie at De Wittenburg Castle | Dress by www.dasonia.com

My favorite song at the moment is: All For you by Janet Jackson

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#metoo movement started by Tarana Burke – in the spotlight

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And while taking space doesn’t come naturally to Burke, she understands that for survivors of sexual trauma, celebrating beauty can be part of the healing process, too

 

Tarana Burke gets her moment to shine

As her platform has rightfully grown, it is Burke’s humility that has truly stunned as she continues to place the stories, values and protection of survivors of sexual trauma at the forefront.

And while taking space does not come naturally to Burke, she understands that for survivors of sexual trauma, celebrating beauty can be part of the healing process too.

 

 

Hannah Magazine

Hannah Magazine

 

Tarana Burke: “I have always struggled with body-image issues. My picture is all over the media all of the time now, and it gives people license to share their opinions of me and what I look like—it is not easy. Throughout the shoot for Hannah MAG, the team kept reassuring me that the pictures were beautiful and they would “Oooh and aaaah,” and I really got into it.”

As soon as the photo shoot was done though, I was gripped with fear, thinking about how public it would be. I have had to literally think of this as an act of resistance in order to push through my feelings of insecurity. … I am like, “Y’all gonna get this brown, blemished skin and this wide nose and this big hair and—you will deal.” I hope that other brown girls and women can see themselves in the photos and feel beautiful, too.

Hannah Magazine

Hannah Magazine

 

If it feels like a magical moment, it was. It was the magic of a black woman!

Hannah Magazine

Hannah Magazine

For those unfamiliar with Hannah, the biannual publication is an ongoing tribute to black womanhood, celebrating of-the-moment black women with timeless photography and stellar reportage. Less a magazine than a collectible timepiece in book form, founder and Editor-in-Chief Qimmah Saafir launched Hannah in 2016 “to create a book that was a time capsule for each season.”

 

Hannah magazine

It’s about all black women, and specifically black women, because, why not? Specifically black women because we need to be unapologetic with celebrating ourselves, and as excited about those celebrations as we are when other people celebrate us.

Hannah Magazine

Hannah Magazine

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