Our Mission, Goals, & Values
To redefine the image of the African woman, by empowering women of African descent, through education, advocacy and sisterhood.
What We Do:
- Be a forum for mutual understanding of Africa, African immigrants, Afro Caribbean and African American women, as well as broaden understanding and knowledge of development issues that affect our communities both in the US and abroad.
- Women through knowledge and information sharing, mentorship programs and leadership training in order to equip them to be effective leaders in their respective communities on the local, national and global stage.
- Be the provider of information and knowledge that enhances the personal and professional development of its members through ASIKE activities and events.
- Connect individuals and organizations to resources that empower and advance our collective mission and goals.
Our Executive Board
ASIKE – A name with a symbolic meaning
In Oromo culture, the siiqqee is a traditional tool of women’s Empowerment.
A Siiqqee is a carved stick traditionally given to women of the Oromo peoples of Ethiopia on the day of their wedding, a tradition that has mostly disappeared today. It symbolized the importance of their role in the household. As this symbol, it clearly embodied the respect due to a wife and mother. If or when a married woman ever had difficulties with her husband, she could take this Siiqqee and walk out into the village streets. Other women, upon seeing her, would take their own Siiqqees and join her at a rallying place. There they would wait until the men in the village came to find them and the issue was resolved. Thus siiqqee is a symbolic regulator of a healthy and balanced relationship of power between female and male Oromo for as long as they live. Siiqqee is involved with all the activities of life, not of death. In this way, the term Siiqqee can only embody the respect owed women.
It is the ideal symbol for the work undertaken by African Sisters for Information, Knowledge and Empowerment or ASIKE.
African Sisters for Information, Knowledge and Empowerment (ASIKE), grew out of a unified objective to empower women of African descent in metro-Atlanta. ASIKE was established in March of 2005 with a mission to redefine the image of the African woman by empowering women of African descent through education, information, advocacy and sisterhood.
Uniting people from
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Guinea (Conakry)
- Sierra Leone
- United States of America
- US Virgin Island