Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the new chairperson of the African Union CommissionAWLO congratulates Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who was voted as the new chairperson of the African Union Commission. She was the home affiars minister for South Africa. It's a great achievement for women on the continent.
Press Conference, for the 4th Annual African Women in Leadership Conference 2012 to be held in The GambiaThe Vice President of The Gambia, Her Excellency Madam Isatou Njie-Saidy and The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, Her Excellency, Hon. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire are two of the august line up of influential and strong African women shortlisted to deliver papers at the 2012 African Women in Leadership Conference to be held at the Sheraton Gambia Hotel in The Gambia from June 13th to 15th 2012.
Other inspiring and dynamic speakers on the bill include Dr. Ms. Joyce Aryee, CEO, Ghana Chambers of Mines, Ms. Thokozile Rudvidzo, Director, Gender, UNECA, Mrs. Fatoumata Jah, President, The Gambia National Women’s Federation, Senator Florence Ita Giwa, Nigeria, Dr. Aida Opoku Mensah, Director, ICT, UNECA, Mrs Biola Alabi, MD, MNET, Mrs Ndidi Nwuneli, MD, LEAP Africa, Mrs Comfort Ocran, CEO, Legacy and Legacy, and Senator Donzella James, Senator, District 35, Atlanta Georgia, U.S.A.
Other prominent women in attendance will be First Ladies of African countries, First Ladies of States/Regions across the continent, women heads of organisations, women from all walks of life in Africa and the Diaspora.
The African Women in Leadership Conference 2012 will be the largest gathering of African Women on the continent. It is a three day event that brings together women leaders from diverse backgrounds across the region to interact, dialogue and discuss relevant issues aimed at empowering women to develop their leadership capability towards greater self and national development. The conference will culminate in an Awards Gala Dinner where awards will be presented to acknowledge and honour individuals, particularly women across the continent who have excelled in their various fields.
The 2012 AWLC will be the 4th annual conference. Its maiden event was held in 2009 in Accra, Ghana, the second annual event for 2010 in Abuja, Nigeria and the most recent 2011 edition in Accra, Ghana.
The theme of this year’s conference is: “African Women - Empowering for Impact”. The conference will be delivered in technical partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and its discussions will focus on areas of politics, education, finance, legislature, health, science, technology and innovation, and the emotional and spiritual wellbeing as they affect the impact of leadership of women in Africa in all spheres.
The objectives of the African Women in Leadership Conference, AWLC are: to foster an alliance amongst African women in leadership positions, to challenge African women to aspire to take up leadership positions in their respective countries, to create awareness for women in leadership positions for proper conduct in office, to create a platform for unity, solidarity, cohesion, dialogue and networking amongst members for self-development, to influence the improvement of access to legal, political, economic, educational, health services to advance the status of women in the continent, to promote respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women in the continent.
Great strides have been made in recent years by African woman; are their contributions relevant to policy making or is the notion of increased gender participation for the African woman in government and society merely a political tool? In spite of the increasing numbers of women in politics and government, the exclusion of African women from key policy decision making processes in Africa and at the world stage represents a major obstacle to sustainable socio-economic and political development of Africa. How does the role of the African Woman in politics contribute to secure reformation for Africa and protect its political future? What strategies do African women in politics apply for impact? These are some of the many questions the conference would answer at the end of the gathering of the biggest gathering of African women in the continent.
There is a need for African women to achieve gender parity, access finance, insurance, education, healthcare and housing to help them spiral upwards. There has to be a focus on finding a good approach to solving the incapacitation of the poor women in rural and disadvantaged areas of Africa to move out of poverty. For this to materialize, the women must develop the capacity to generate and maintain their means of livelihood and produce excess that will eventually lead to savings. The AWLO makes this a focus for its activities and projects and these are all areas that will be discussed at the conference.
The conference will have at its core all facets of wellbeing for the African woman and introduces sessions that address her spiritual, mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Other sessions will explore the woman In the African context where the challenge can be two-pronged: cultural environment and conditioning of the girl child super imposed on the characteristics and expectations of a strong Africa woman leader.
The African Women in Leadership Conference (AWLC) is the flagship annual event organised by the African Women in Leadership Organisation. Mr Elisha Attai, CEO and Founder stated that “the choice of The Gambia is borne out of the fact that The Gambia has unique qualities over many other destinations in Africa and high among them is its government’s active inclusion of women in key leadership and decision making positions. The Gambia boasts a cabinet composition of 38% women. Tourists are constantly in search of sun, sand, and cultural experience of which this unique country has plenty of.”
The 2012 edition will be held in The Gambia is in collaboration with the Government of the Gambia through the office of the Vice President and Women Affairs.
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Meeting with H.E, The Vice-President of GambiaGambia is set to hold the best Conference ever, in the history of African Women. During the last strategic meeting with H.E, the vice president of Gambia, several logistics were put in place and a path way was structured to accommodate Africa and make this a replica of the Geneva Conference.
The Local organizing committee set up by Her Excellency is currently working hard to ensure an hitch free conference.
As we count down to the best conference ever held in African women history, we employ you to also get your preparations in top gear, as you will sure be empowered to be a better person and help create a radical change in Africa and indeed the world!