In its bid to advance women’s leadership in Africa, SHEROES Foundation and the Elect Her in Africa (EHIA) initiative supported by the Joyce Banda Foundation and AU/Diaspora Africa Forum organised a three-day international meeting to enhance women’s economic growth in Africa.
The event held from May 8 to 11, 2016, at JW Marriot Marquis Hotel, Dubai-UAE, was a gathering of powerful women- Presidents, Policy makers, CEOs, Government Representatives, Entrepreneurs and Gender Activists. These amazons from Africa discussed how they are redefining pathways to power in business, politics and in communities.
The theme of the event was “African Women’s Leadership, Vision and Economic Empowerment”. According to the organisers, the aim of the meeting was to develop strategies to accelerate the strides being made and to stimulate dialogue between women and development partners on the opportunities and resolutions.
“This is in order that we may enhance women’s economic growth and ensure we are at the centre of development, peace and economic sustainability in Africa”, Maxine Menson said.
There were three panel sessions at which topics such as: The journey of female visionaries and pioneers in the political landscape; Gender equality is the mechanism that will lead to a well-balanced society and Barriers are not permanent were discussed
Other topics discussed were Mutual linkages: Infrastructure development in Africa and the link to Gender Equality and Engaging philanthropy to promote African women’s empowerment.
Dignitaries in attendance were H. E. Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of