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Global Leader Recognized for Empowering Local Rural Women to Achieve Economic Stability

Chicago, IL – (December 8, 2008). Tomorrow afternoon at Macy’s on State Street, distinguished global leader and founder and president of the Gahaya Links, Janet Nkubana, will be honored for her work empowering women to achieve economic stability. Ms. Nkubana, a basket weaver from the Rwanda Path to Peace Movement, will be presented with a check for $5,000 from The Links, Incorporated representing the proceeds from an auction of Rwandan baskets donated by Macy’s.

Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, President of The Links, Incorporated stated, “We are very proud of the work that Janet Nkubana has done on such a global scale. We are also very grateful to Macy’s for their dedication and commitment to this very important cause.”

Ms. Nkubana has been awarded with the 2008 Laureate for the Africa Prize for leadership for the sustainable end of hunger for her work with the Rwandan Peace Basket Weavers. At the event, Ms. Nkubana will describe her work, demonstrate weaving and sign baskets that are giving hope to women throughout Africa, empowering them and their communities.


  • Janet Nkubana, Distinguished global leader/President of the Gahaya Links

  • Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, National President, The Links, Incorporated


A reception honoring Janet Nkubana and opportunity to “purchase art woven into hope”


Tuesday December 9th – 5:30 PM


Macy’s – on State Street, Chicago – (7th floor, Narcissus Room)

Willa Shalit, Founder & CEO, Fair Winds Trading; Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, National President, The Links, Incorporated; Janet Nkubana, Founder & President, Gahaya Links; Alma Dodd, National Program Coordinator, The Links, Incorporated.


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Rene of Impact Strategies at 703-869-1146 or

About The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The Links, Incorporated has a membership of nearly 12,000 professional women of color serving in 273 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, South Africa and the Bahamas. Through its philanthropic arm, The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the organization has contributed more than 22 million dollars to charitable causes since its founding. In 2006, members contributed more than 500,000 documented hours of hands-on service hours to assist communities throughout the United States, Africa and in developing countries. Washington, DC is the site of the national headquarters. To learn more about The Links, Incorporated, visit the website at

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