In Africa, The Future is Female
By admin June 14, 2017

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A newly emerged networking group composed of individuals from the United Nations, African Union, and the Permanent Mission of Germany aims to create a platform that tackles peace, stability, and good governance within Africa through female leaders. The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) involves 80 participants from varying parts of Africa, many ranging from Africa’s private, public, and non-profit sectors. This three-day Forum took place in New York and brought together commonalities between countries regarding the economic, political, and social challenges facing Africa, according to UN Women.

What is the sole purpose of the AWLN? The plan is to emphasize and solidify the experiences for women’s involvement in the previously stated areas of focus. Women throughout the continent will have leverage and accessibility to integrate and impact decisions, policies and decision-making in the already male dominated political sphere. Sustainability, food insecurity, poverty, healthcare programs and climate change are areas in which these women will be provided with tailored mentoring and education to directly impact agendas such as the Africa Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development.

Active peace-makers and solution builders for grassroots, epidemics and gender-based violence throughout Africa are women as they resonate with issues not typically handled by government officials such as human trafficking and early marriage. This allows a deviation from the cultural construct of women confinement and apprehension when placed in these predicaments, as programs and facilities will be generated and openly accessible to female individuals.

Are these women going to actively impact these areas within the African culture? In terms of culture, women’s role within the family is a vital form of leadership. Throughout Africa women have obtained prestigious political positions which positively affects respect and dignity for women. Rwanda for example, has over 60 percent of women representatives in parliament and Liberia elected the first female president in Africa back in 2006. These references display progression of women’s roles over the past decade. The network, however, will work toward women’s involvement in places like Sierra Leone where there is a significant imbalance of gender roles within the government. Hierarchical roles in politics such as the aforementioned example, enables inequality in the general public.

Who will the benefits extend to from this program? Ideally, the internal stability of the continent and education programs are priority for the network leaders. The programs and actions should transcend to other networks locally and nationally based on partnerships. The leaders want to impact gender inequality and inequity within other states by developing global programs and agendas. Those on the ground will be the first to experience these reforms carried out by the network and be better for it.

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