U.S. Embassy Launches Women’s Leadership and Book Club in Bamako

Book club participants are excited to start reading “Black Women; Women of Power”

The U.S. Embassy in Mali is pleased to announce the launch of its Women’s Leadership and Reading Club activities this week at the National Library of Mali. The launching ceremony of this Club, initiated by the American Center of Bamako, took place in the presence of the Director of the National Library of Mali, the Director of the American Center of Bamako, the New Horizons Ambassador, Djélika Traoré, and club members.

At the launch, each club member received a copy of the book “Black Women, Women of Power” written by award-winning American author Avis Jones-DeWeever, international speaker, political commentator and women’s empowerment expert. This book synthesizes the insights of seventy exceptional black women leaders as well as the personal opinions of the author, the result of a twenty-year career spent not only in leadership positions but also building successful businesses.

Women of Power in Mali Join New U.S. Embassy Book Club at National Library

During his opening address, the Director of the American Center reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to capacity building and the socio-economic empowerment of women in Mali through various projects and noted the benefits of reading, including increased knowledge and personal development.

The Director of the Library also thanked the Embassy of the United States in Mali for this initiative; reaffirmed the availability of his organization to support all actions in favor of reading and encouraged participants to pursue their dreams. New Horizon Ambassador Djelika shared tips with attendees on how to make reading easier, like finding a topic you’re passionate about; balance reading a book with accomplishing a goal; and move at your own pace.

This women’s book club follows a series of programs established by the American Center to promote women’s leadership and capacity building, including the “Muso Program”.

Mara R. Wilmoth