AFRICA:WOMEN PLAN AFRICA’S TOMORROW AT PARIS UNESCO MEET

| July 10, 2016

Business-friendly feminism was the dominant doctrine at the African Women Leaders conference at the UN's cultural arm, Unesco, in Paris this week. Arguing that women's vision can help shape the future - Africa's in particular - a panel of successful women shared their experiences in the fields of politics, business and fashion, to teach others what it takes to lead.

Over 500 people attended the event, jointly organised by Unesco and the NGO Femmes de Demain (Women of tomorrow).

It took up the feminist argument with gusto, notably by inviting a panel of outstanding women to throw their weight behind the cause for gender equality.

Panelists included two mayors, a former minister and business leaders at the top of their game, eager to eradicate the stigma attached to African women.

One drawback is still perception.

"African women have an image problem," says Haweya Mohamed, the cofounder and CEO of Afrobytes a digital hub connecting Africa and Europe. "They do so much but they have difficulty marketing themselves."

By "so much" Mohamed means, for example, the 70 percent of sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural production that Femmes de Demain says women are responsible for.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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