On June 1, 2012, the originator/Founder of the historic Million Woman March, Sis. Empress Phile' Chionesu, returned from a fact finding, exploratory, and Movement building expedition that successfully resulted in an exciting and powerful collaboration with the Republic of Benin, West Africa.
This historic visit, which officiated the launching of several major and long awaited "next step" operations of the Universal MW Movement, specifically the MWM "AfricaAncestral,Freedom, & Self-Determination Journey" 2012 Project, also served as the first of several "Repentance, Solidarity, and Reconciliation " dialogs and initiatives that has been uniquely designed to begin an incredible process to pro-actively connect, during 2012-2013, Africans born in North America with African countries located in the Western Region; thus furthering and stabilizing meaningful relationships and productivity for all concerned. (NOTE: 2013-14 will begin designated initiatives for the Eastern African Region)
The National MWM is extremely proud of the ongoing work and accomplishments that it has been able to render, ascertain, and bring forward in the states during the past 15 years. And now armed with a well designed international program that is directly linked to countries throughout the African Diaspora a greater view and manifestation of the true MWM vision and holistic strategy can be administered and witnessed.
Never before has there been a extensively serious and diverse majorproject structured and presented, internationally, that specifically addresses the issues, concerns, and interest of women and girls of African descent worldwide.The Million Woman March being the largest gathering in the world of women anywhere ever was not only designed (and demonstrated its capabilities) to do things such as this, but much much more. In 1997, MWM set the tone with its "out of the box" unconventional and groundbreaking "NU Grassroots Tactical and Organizing Systems" (TM)
This year's visits to Benin, (and the upcoming trips to Ghana, Togo, and possibly Nigeria), will not only further establish the present and protracted mission and platform that was envisioned at the time of MWM's original conception and, of course, the new revelations and subsequent developments that have occurred during the past 15 years, but the upcoming visits will, assure,undoubtedly, a dramatic shift in the present stagnating and destructive paradigms hindering real global African advancement, sustainability, and Unity.
With the Republic of Benin's hosting of the National MWM US delegation that included, of course, MWM Founder and President General Empress Chi, along with MWM Special Projects Coordinator for Arts and Culture Development, Sis. Wanda Dickerson (Co-Founder of the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble), and Roger and Rudy Frances, (of the IGI Circus International Entertainment and Promotions) members of the MWM Special Projects International Logistics Team, a genuine "evolutionary relationship" has been set in motion and as such will provide a variety of "from the grassroots through the glass ceiling" incentives and opportunities while demonstrating the creativity, beauty and greatness of the Mother of Civilization. (Africa)
Press Conferences to provide a more in depth report on the visit to Benin/Dahomey, other upcoming MWM programs and Special Projects, and to assist in the establishment of National MWM Coordinating Teams and MWM Chapters will be held in Philly, PA and Camden, New Jersey on June 19, 2012 . Additional briefings and "Information Sessions" will be held in Trenton, Burlington, and Newark, New Jersey in addition to DC, NY, and DE during the month on June and July 2012