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31 May 2021
This issue's contents: Finding a Way Forward (Mental Health Awareness Month), Our Team is Growing, Opportunity at Women for Women International, Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Celebrating Africa Day 2021
Greetings from at the Forefront!

We’ve made it through yet another month of 2021! In this issue, we will revisit a month playing host to many special global observances and one that invited the growth of our team at atF! May hosted Mental Health Awareness Month, Mother’s Day Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Africa Day and much more!
"Africa as a continent faces a myriad of challenges, and a lot of these challenges differ from country to country. However, when it comes to the subject of mental health, the challenges faced are remarkable similar."

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Although the month is now drawing to a close, it is more important than ever to continue talking about our mental health. It remains a pivotal pillar of our overall well-being way beyond a single month out of the year. In this article, Nneoma Ekwegh examines mental health care and its challenges in Africa.
at the Forefront Consulting Limited is a management consulting firm based in Nairobi, Kenya. The firm is the consultative arm of at the Forefront, a global think tank established in 2017. Founded and led by an expert team of African and African Diaspora women, atF is grounded in human rights, social justice and gender equity. We believe in the freedom, agency, and empowerment of all women and girls, with a special focus on African women and the African Diaspora.  As we build our consultancy roster, we are seeking technical experts with at least seven (7) years of experience in: M&E (Evaluations, Quantitative and Qualitative researchers), Health Equity (SRH, HIV/AIDS, MNCH), Gender-Based Violence. Given the nature of our work, we have a priority for Black women based in Africa and African Diaspora. We strongly encourage candidates fluent in English with additional fluency in French/Spanish/Portuguese/local language to apply.  Please submit your CV with the subject line: Consultancy Roster + (Your areas of focus e.g., Gender-Based Violence) to our email by June 18, 2021.  Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
We're seeking technical experts to join the growing roster of consultants for our management consulting firm, atF Consulting Limited. Given the nature of our work, we have a priority for Black women based in Africa and the African diaspora. We strongly encourage candidates fluent in English with additional fluency in French/Spanish/Portuguese/local language to apply. If you or someone you know fits the bill, be sure to apply by June 18, 2021!
Women for Women International works in some of the most dangerous places to be a woman. They serve women survivors of war in conflict and post-conflict areas around the world in 8 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, DR Congo, Nigeria, and South Sudan. Their core belief is that stronger women build stronger nations; and with access to knowledge, resources, and a support network, a woman rebuilds her life and improves her community. 

They are currently seeking a Country Director for their office in DR Congo. If you or someone you know would fit this role, read the full job description here!
The third Thursday of May every year marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). This year, it fell on 20 May 2021. atF celebrated this day through our commitment to enhancing digital access to our content.

We are committed to taking steps towards ensuring our work and the spaces we create are accessible for all. We used the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool and found 23 alerts and 24 errors for our website. We are committed to addressing these errors. We encourage you to join us in this exercise — what does your WAVE report say?

Are you interested in an atF critical conversation about Black women, access and disabilities? Let us know here.

Read our full GAAD statement here.

For 58 years, we have commemorated the establishment of the African Union by celebrating Africa Day on 25 May. 
By forging unifying bonds across the continent and the African diaspora, the spirit of Pan-Africanism propels us forward to take charge and envision the future of our continent through our eyes. We launched at the Forefront to ensure that Black women on the continent and beyond are drivers of their own stories. Now, our global collective of Black women with diverse expertise across public health, education, law, and human rights is working to co-create spaces that acknowledge the divides affecting Black women globally and offer up our own solutions informed by our lived experiences.
Read our full Africa Day 2021 message here.
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