JAAPO is a “support system consisting of black women with the aim to change the situation of black women living in Upperaustria for the better”. It was founded in 2009. The word JAAPO originates in Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal, Gambia and Mauretania. JAAPO basically means: “to connect with each other”, “ to support each other” – and that is exactly what we do: together we stand up for the interests and rights of black women with diverse national backgrounds, ethnicity, age and religious beliefs.
JAAPO was initiated by Lic. Nadege Picq (France); DAF/DAZ – trainer and founder of the international women’s club (VHS Linz). Mag.a Dieynaba Ndeye NDIAYE (Senegal), had been part of JAAPO from the very beginning and chaired the association for 4 years. Also Josiane Aimée Nyampundu (Rwanda) was part of JAAPO straight from the beginning.
The current board consists of our treasurer Juliana Lenclos Hartig (Cameroon), mother of 4 and grandmother as well as co-founder and first treasurer of the Black Community Upperaustria. The nurse for the elderly and mother of 2, Marie-Josee Munezero-Czetsch (Rwanda) is our secretary.
Mag.a Marie- Edwige Hartig (Cameroon), who has been part of the board since the very beginning is currently chairing the board (since 2014). Like her mother she was also part of the board of the Black Community Upperaustria.
Ph.D. student Mag.a Stephanie Abena Twumasi (Ghana), financial manager of the NPO PANGEA.Werkstatt der Kulturen der Welt represents JAAPO in the advisory council of integration and migration in Linz. She is also a former board member of the Black Community Upperaustria and former coordinator of the Afrika Vernetzungsplattform (AVP).
Eleanor Peble, a graduate nurse, covers her substitution as a member of the advisory council of integration and migration in Linz.