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Dialogue for Action Africa Opens in Gabon

June 10, 2012

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Seven First Ladies from Africa join hundreds of participants and speakers to examine
challenges facing women in the continent

The inaugural Dialogue for Action Africa (DFAA) opened this morning in Libreville,
Gabon, hosted by the Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women, with the special participation
of Mrs. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, the First Lady of Gabon.

The one-day forum is dedicated to helping women in Africa lead safe, productive, and
healthy lives, the forum seeks to creatively address the salient issues faced by African
women. The conclusions from the event – and the resulting initiatives – will culminate in
a Plan of Action for Africa, to be presented at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico this
month.

Invited by the first Lady of Gabon, Mrs. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, six other First Ladies
from Africa are participating: Chantal Compaore, Burkina Faso; Dominique Ouattara, Ivory
Coast; Penehupifo Pohamba, Namibia; Patience Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria; Jeannette Kagame,
Rwanda; Marieme Faye Sall, Senegal.

Attias is herself a former First Lady of France and there will be special messages
from Cherie Blair, Founder, The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Sarah Brown,
President, PiggyBankKids and Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe
Motherhood – both are wives of former Prime Ministers of the UK.

Mrs Attias and Mrs Ondimba opened the forum with special remarks; joining them through
the day are experts and speakers from academia, government, NGOs, the private sector, and
the medical community.

Mrs Attias said: “The diversity and expertise of Dialogue for Action Africa’s speakers
is astounding. Their dedication to women’s issues is truly inspiring and their insights
will be enable us to promote African women’s issues through actionable initiatives.”

At the G20, DFAA’s conclusions will become part of the global agenda and will be
discussed by the world’s most influential leaders and policy makers. Creating this bridge
between DFAA and government leaders is key to producing change at an institutional level
and is an innovative example of public-private partnerships.

Confirmed DFAA speakers and participants include: Cecilia Attias, Founder and
President, The Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women; Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, First Lady of
Gabon; Etienne Massard Makaga, Special Advisor to the Presidency, Gabon; Denise Epote, TV5
Monde; Hon. Aicha Bah Diallo, FAWE and REPTA Chairperson; Irina Bokova, Director-General
of UNESCO; Elizabeth Dearborn Davis, Co-Founder of the Akilah Institute for Women; Holly
Gordon, Executive Director 10×10 Educate Girls, Change the World; Sade Baderinwa, Emmy
Award-winning Anchor/Reporter WABC – TV; Yomi Abiola, Activist and Journalist; Casey
Cobell, EVP & Country Director Indego Africa Rwanda; Fatime Christiane Ndiaye, Sr. Gender
Specialist ILO; Vickie Remoe, Founder and Creative Director How4Do productions; Magatte
Wade, Founder and CEO Tiossan; Jeffrey Gettleman, NYTimes East Africa Bureau Chief,
Pulitzer Prize winner; Edna Adan Ismail, Founder Edna Adan Hospital; Dr. Amy Lehman,
Founder Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic; Dr. Deqo Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer,
Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation; Nahid Toubia, Chair, White Ribbon Alliance Sudan; Coumba Toure,
Founder and President of ADA foundation; Richard Attias, Founder, New York Forum Africa;
Aminata Toure Camara, President and Founder, SILIFE (Solidarite Internationale pour le
Leadership des Femmes et des Enfants);Esther Ibanga, Pastor Women on the Plateau Peace
Initiative; and Zainab Salbi, Author, Humanitarian, Media Commentator.

With special messages from: Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, Former
President of Chile; Cherie Blair, Founder, The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Ruma
Bose, Serial Entrepreneur, Business Executive, Philanthropist and Author; Sarah Brown,
President, PiggyBankKids, Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood;
Letty Chiwara, Chief of Africa Division, UNIFEM; Angela Dean, Director, Global Business
Development at Partner Africa; Amina Doherty, Co-Founder and Coordinator of FRIDA, The
Young Feminist Fund; Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson, Co-Founder and Director, South Kivu
Women’s Media Association; Zeinab Eyega, Executive Director, Sauti Yetu; Francoise Girard,
President, International Women’s Health Coalition; Arianna Huffington, President and
Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group; Jill Iscol, President, IF Hummingbird
Foundation; Minna Salami, Founder, MsAfropolitan blog and Boutique; Ben Stone, CEO, Indego
Africa; and Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large, Global Women’s Issues.

Dialogue for Action Africa will be held in conjunction with the New York Forum Africa,
an annual action-oriented assembly of the world’s leading business, economic, and
regulatory officials. By collaborating with New York Forum Africa, DFAA is seeking to
build crosscutting partnerships between the worlds of business and NGOs. New York Forum
Africa founder Richard Attias comments: “Non-profits and private enterprises have much to
share with one another. They can collaborate on a host of topics, from tackling issues
related to efficiency and financing to engaging in discussions of mission and ethics.
Collaboration between Dialogue for Action Africa and the New York Forum Africa is a step
in this direction.”

For more information please visit the Dialogue for Action Africa website at:

http://www.ceciliaattiasfoundation.org/DialogueForActionAfrica

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        Cecilia Attias Foundation For Women
        Katie Eid
        +212-794-8801 x 112
        katie.eid@richardattiasassociates.com

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