Geraldine Fraser: Africa States need to collaborate in infrastructure to Empower Women and boost Development.
African countries have been asked to work together in infrastructure development to empower women and help boost development I the continent. African Development Bank (AFDB) gender ambassador Geraldine Joslyn Fraser- Moleketi insists that for substantial development in Africa, its necessary to address inequality including gender-related.
“Girls and women are living infrastructure. However, significant disparities in remuneration, choice of trace and job security persist. Particularly, African women perform a disproportionately higher share of unpaid o unproductive labor, given that women’s work days are longer than average, up to 50% longer in some countries.” She said. Fraser- Moleketi said that the gender discrepancies, in leadership roles, human development, legal status and rights have hindered development in the continent. “Addressing these disparities will deliver important development benefits for the continent,” she added.
She further noted that AFDB is busy investing in African infrastructure projects to minimize the gender disparity gaps and promote various development projects. AFDB has so far invested in 114 infrastructure projects across 44 African countries at a value of about $11.6 billion. “Girls and women are living infrastructure. However, significant disparities in remuneration, choice of trace and job security persist. Particularly, African women perform a disproportionately higher share of unpaid o unproductive labor, given that women’s work days are longer than average, up to 50% longer in some countries”, she said.
YASMIN BELO-OSAGIE AND AFUA OSEI
Yasmin Belo-Osagie,26 and Afua Osei, 28, are a co-founder of She Leads Africa (SLA), a Nigerian-based social enterprise that equips female entrepreneurs in Africa with the knowledge network, and financing needed to build and scale strong businesses. She Leads Africa consists of an online platform, offering articles and materials on business advice, which is specifically tailored to entrepreneurship on the continent and also which provide content for those who know what it means to start a business in Africa.
As a big believer in female entrepreneurship and empowerment on the African continent, Yasmin Belo-Osagie saw a gap to create a space for young women to become movers and shakers on the continent. In 2014, on her return to Nigeria after completing her studies in the US, Belo-Osagie seized the opportunity to form her own start-up, together with Afua Osei. They called it She Leads Africa. The business serves as a platform on which young women across Africa can create and share entrepreneurial ideas and access professionals who can assist with advice and finding to turn start-ups into major business enterprises.
She is a powerful advocate of rights for the empowerment of women, gender equality, reconciliation, and furthering of the cause for women from developing nations worldwide.
Rwanda’s foreign Minister Louise says Rwanda has found opening up its borders to other Africans “extremely beneficial”, with fears of being swamped by foreign nationals having been overblown. But the actual experience has stripped away those fears, she said, “the benefits have been enormous, including binging competition and skills,” she said, adding that Rwanda is a “strong believer in regional and African integration.”
To achieve economic goals, African countries must be bold and take chances with their decisions, including making those that many would see as impossible. “Rwanda is a country that strongly believes in integration and we have taken measures to allow Africans to come to Rwanda and Rwandans to move across the continent,” Mushikiwabo says.
“In issuing visas on arrival, Rwanda is doing what we believe is right for integration. We are also glad some few African countries have come on board… it’s difficult to advance intra-Africa trade without facilitating the movement of people, goods and services.”
“I love everything about Africa, from its size, its history, its people and its potential”, Says Njoki Kaigai, a leading communication practitioner. Having worked with leading companies in Africa which include Kenya Airways, Shell, Safaricom, and GE, Njoki is well placed to talk about Africa and the role of women and integration for the future. Her job allows her the opportunity to develop a compelling narrative about Africa and its potential.
“Women have been a driving force for Africa’s growth. Most African households are led by women who shape the thinking of their families who make critical decisions around the finances and education. In the recent past many women have joined the formal economy and therefore are playing a bigger role in transforming Africa,” Says Victoria. She says, “to take this to the next level we need to create more avenues for women to access finance and market opportunities. Greater integration among African countries, will do exactly that. It will provide more resources for women to access and to grow. We also need to eliminate the societal issues that hinder the development of women such a female genital mutilation and early marriages.” She concludes by saying, “the future for integration and women in Africa is very bright”.
Ethel Coffee is a Mandela Fellow for President Obama’s Young African Leaders initiative (YALI), and has been featured ON BBC and CNN in regards to technology and women leadership. Coffee founded Women in Tech Africa which was the initiator of the first Pan-African woman in Tech meet up and was shortlisted for the UN GEM Tech Award for work supporting women in ICT. Coffee sits on numerous boards including Egotickets (An African online ticketing platform); Chillax (A mobile App for providing tailored entertainment choices for professional Africans); and social media week Lagos. Coffee has spoken at numerous conferences including global entrepreneurship summit in Morocco and Mobile West Africa. Coffee is high caliber IT professional with a wealth of technical and commercial skilled acquired across a wide range of demanding roles.
DR. DLAMINI ZUMA
Dr. Dlamini Zuma was born on 27 January 1949 in KwaZulu Natal South Africa; Dlamini-Zuma has held senior positions in the South African government serving as health minister for five years and as foreign minister for 10 years. When she was elected head of the AU commission she was serving as home affairs minister. She says issues that inform her strategic vision for the commission include consolidating the institution of the AU as a formidable, premier, Pan-African institution. She is also an undisputable trailblazer in the upliftment and empowerment of women across the African continent.
Marieme Jamme is Senegalese-born British Technology businesswoman. Her company Spotone Global Solutions helps technology companies to set foothold in Africa. She has supported many Organizations such a Google, Ernest and Young, HSBC Private banking, The Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown, The African Progress Panel chaired by Koffi Annan, The Obama Administration and multiple African Governments through their STEM policies. Marieme was honored for her activism work in empowering and investing in young women and girls through Creative learning, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Design and Mathematics.
Co-Founder of Africa one, the leading platform in Europe that enable businesses, governments, investors and entrepreneurs to share ideas about Africa for positive change, she also recently joined forces with a group of African leaders to create Accur8Africa, a new platform aimed at enabling governments, businesses, entrepreneurs and civil society in Africa at measuring the success of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 with Accurate Data
MRS. KONATE MARIE
Mrs. Konate Marie Diongoye CEO of Protein Kissee La (PKL) (Cote d’lvoire), born in Paris in 1961, Has the Malian nationality. Protein Kissee La (PKL) the first Ivorian company to successfully introduce cereals for children age 6 to 24 months, within the critical 1,000- day period, to the local market.
PKL’s partnership with GAIN aims to improve access to poor Ivoirian households to high quality fortified complimentary food on a sustained basis reaching approximately one fifth of infants aged 6 to 24 months in the country.
ANGELLE B. KWEMO
Washington Media Group Managing Director for Africa, Founder Believe Africa.
A Washington DC insider Angelle is known for being a strong advocate for Africa economy development, mutually beneficial partnership between African countries and its historical partners and also for promoting inclusive growth, increase the role of the African private sector and empowering women and the youth. She just realized am manual of leadership titled: “Against All Odds: How to stay on Top of the Game”, a compilation of practical advices she derives from her personal experiences, aiming at empowering aspiring leaders.
AMINA J. MOHAMMED
Amina J. Mohammed is currently Nigeria’s Environment minister, a technocrat who spent the last three years as UN secretary-General Ban Ki moon’s Special Advisor on post 2015 Development planning.
As a planet, if we’re all going to hold hands together to fight Climate Change, we have to know that all the fingers are not equal. The private sector and civil society have got all the important roles. With business, it’s the first time we’re really speaking about the role of business in development, but if it’s going to be a sustainable development, we’re going to be look at going green and reducing emissions, businesses have not just to do CSR, it’s about their business models. How do they change things from the inside out? And that means paying much more attention to what happens in their manufacturing business, and whatever they do and how it affects the environment and community.
So, partnering with them is going to be important, you’ll know that the goal 17 is about partnerships, and I think we have to make sure that is recognized first and foremost.
Personally, I believe that there is still so much untapped potential in businesses partnering with the government, because we haven’t been able to put a clear narrative as how this partnership can work and how Civil Society can be the check and balance and be that watch dog to make sure that profit isn’t made on the back of the poor.