INTERNATIONAL WRITERS WOMEN CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK
“Redefining the concept of Development: The role of the African Woman Writer” was the theme of the paper that Eintou Springer presented in New York University on October 14, 2004, at a global conference of women writers, sponsored by New York University’s Institute of African-American Affairs and Africana Studies Program, in collaboration with the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, Inc. (OWWA). As part of her involvement in the conference, Ms. Springer also performed excerpts from her very successful play on domestic violence and other challenges of the woman, ‘Shades of I-She; Every Woman’s Story’, at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture.
The conference, entitled Yari Yari Pamberi Black Women Writers Dissecting Globalization; An International Conference on Literature by Women of African Ancestry, examined globalization from a female perspective from October 12-16, 2004. There were renowned and emerging novelists, poets, playwrights, performers, filmmakers, scholars, critics, publishers, translators, visual artists, organizers, and activists from across the U.S., Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and South America to define the real meaning of globalization and its possibilities for development.
Ms. Springer for her contribution to the development and propagation of arts and Culture, shared the same space with other luminaries such as Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Ama Ata Aidoo, Maryse Condé, Regina Taylor, Andreè McLauglin, Nancy Morejon, Gloria Naylor, Edwidge Danticat, Euzhan Palcy and many other global literary figures.
The conference entitled “Yari Yari” is taken from the Kuranko language of Sierra Leone, meaning ‘the future’, and “Pamberi” means “forward” in the Shona language of Zimbabwe.