Diaspora African Women's Network

  • DC


1718 M St. NW
United States

About Us

DAWN is an idea borne out of necessity. Geared towards supporting Africa's next generation of women diaspora leaders, DAWN is a volunteer-run organization whose mission is to develop and support talented women and girls of the African diaspora focused on African affairs.

Our 250 members hail from 38 African countries and the United States, Europe, Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. Each woman is a proven community leader with a professional focus on issues affecting Africa.

Through our core principles known as the SEEDS, DAWN seeks to promote Sisterhood, Excellence, Empowerment, Diversity and Service by providing our members with leadership, mentorship and professional opportunities related to Africa, connecting and empowering them, and by promoting community service projects in minority and immigrant neighborhoods.

DAWN provides regular programming and activities for our members, including private monthly dinners, mentorship opportunities, career development workshops and Africa related networking events and job opportunities. DAWN also maintains a daily listserv, monthly newsletter and community service projects for its members.

  • Leadership: Members look forward to the chance to network with each other, make new contacts and enjoy events especially catered to their interests. DAWN arranges monthly dinners, hosts receptions and meet and greets for its members and supporters.
  • Professional Development & Mentorship: DAWNers regularly share their career development experiences and knowledge of working in African affairs to each other and the greater community. DAWN hosts workshops and panels geared for its members, inviting accomplished senior executive and professionals to share their insights on African affairs careers.
  • DAWN in The Community: DAWN is committed to supporting local minority and immigrant communities of the African diaspora. DAWN regularly performs service projects throughout the year, under the guise and leadership of its own members.