ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, MRS DORCAS FAGBORUN (MBE) BASED IN BRADFORD

Originally a qualified teacher, Mrs Dorcas Olayemi (Yemi) Amusan-Fagborun (BA Hons Peace Studies; MA Women’s Studies) is currently the CEO of Peacemaker International, a registered charity in England and Wales, operating in Bradford, Manchester and Nigeria, advancing conflict resolution through mediation, racial harmony, equality and diversity training and services.

The organisation empowers women and children for justice and supports families, people with learning disabilities and the elderly. It also provides mediation and conflict resolution to the community.

She co-pastors Peacemaker International Assembly (an evangelical ministry) with her husband. Yemi started her career in women’s empowerment and gender equality with MA in Women’s Studies when she researched ‘Effects of Polygamy on Women and Children.
Having finished her First degree from the University of Bradford, she went to Platter College, Oxford to learn ‘practical mediation’- where theories are put into practice.

Today, she is a qualified mediator.

She featured as ‘the only African woman’ in various places, including:

  • Trustee/Vice Chair at the Manningham Housing Association,
  • Graduate of Common Purpose (leadership training),
  • Director at Racial Equality Council

She left all these places with remarkable commendations.
In May 2009, she was awarded Community Involvement Award 2009 at the African Achievers Awards UK and in 2012 she was awarded two other community outstanding awards.
Mrs Amusan-Fagborun is a passionate national/international campaigner on female genital mutilation (FGM) and very keen about gender violence, including Domestic Violence, Forced Marriages, Honour-related Killings, Child Marriage, Child Trafficking etc.

She uses her life experiences to educate people about harmful effects of FGM and why the practice should stop. For more than two years, she has been coordinating in Bradford a community-led multi-agency group, bringing together public, community and voluntary sectors and professionals to provide an integrated way of working to support and increase the safety of women and girls who have been affected by or are at risk of FGM.
Her new approach to eradicating FGM includes engaging politicians, children and young people, talking to school teachers both in Bradford and Nigeria. The approach has started to bear fruits as you will hear in her presentation.

DORCAS

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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