We should use the women month to affirm women of the country and reflect on the success that the country has made in ensuring that women play the rightful role in the society. Women can draw strength from the courageous 1957 generation. We should appreciate various transformation policies and legislation that our country has promulgated in the quest to redress the gender disparities. I guess it’s time to start thinking beyond numbers and the redressing phase.
We are searching for leadership in every corner we know, but it may be where we least expect it - on the ground, in the simplest of solutions.
In a time where we desperately search for heroes and heroines, I found a generation of leaders and legions of activists who qualify, led by extraordinary human beings like Professor Muhammed Younis, who founded the Grameen Bank, and Sir Hasan Fazle Abed, who built BRAC (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), the largest and most admired non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the world.
Gender Links (GL) has welcomed the appointment of former Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to head UNWOMEN as a ‘proud moment for the women of Africa and the world!’ In a statement issued today, GL chief executive officer (CEO) Colleen Lowe Morna described Mlambo-Ngcuka as ‘a woman of substance, who has taken gender equality concerns to every portfolio she has ever led, with grace, humility and commitment. I cannot think of anyone better placed to fill the shoes of (former Chilean President) Michelle Bachelet in this critical post.’
Three Rome-based United Nations (UN) agencies have called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the core of the international agenda for African development.
Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) director-general, Jose Graziano da Silva, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president, Kanayo Nwanze, and World Food Programme executive director, Ertharin Cousin, say special attention should be given to small-holder farmers in Africa to help them improve global food security.
Hardly a day goes by without a news story on some violation of women’s rights. In recent months, appalling incidents of violence against women and girls, from Delhi to Johannesburg to Cleveland, have sparked public outrage and demands to tackle these horrific abuses.
The 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) themed ‘Delivering Africa's Promise" ended on 10 May in Cape Town. The three-day forum provided a platform for regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to expand Africa's integration agenda and renew commitment to a sustainable economic growth path. After the conclusion of the WEF the question remains: Whose promise does it aim to fulfil?
An all women delegation of technology innovators from the United States recently visited Liberia to explore how mobile technology could be used to improve the lives of women.
The head of the delegation, Professor Ann Marie Slaughter from Princeton University, said Liberia was chosen as a destination because many women are playing key leadership roles.
Slaughter further said the delegation examined how people could use the Internet to connect with opportunities, adding that more work needs to be done to improve the infrastructure of the Internet.