Leadership and Governance Forum in Yale

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Leadership and Governance Forum in Yale

NOMBRE DEL PROYECTO: Leadership and Governance Forum in Yale

PAÍS/CIUDAD: United States / New Haven

DURACIÓN: 2015 and onwards

Women are Africa’s great engine today and its greatest hope. This is also true in the political sphere. In an aim to encourage them and strengthen their leadership in this crucial area for the future of their countries, Women for Africa in collaboration with Yale University (USA) and supported by Banco Santander through Santander Universidades has launched an annual seminar: “Leadership, governance and globalisation: Forum for strategic impact”.

This is a space for training, dialogue and a meeting point for International leaders in which African women of the highest level in the political sphere participate. The first edition was held in May 2015 with ten ministers and former ministers from Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Morocco and Ghana taking part. In April 2016, it was the turn of Senegal, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Liberia, Tanzania and Rwanda.

The Forum is held on the Yale campus in New Haven, and after the training sessions the participants go to Washington, where they hold interviews with individuals of worldwide renown. In 2015, for example, there was John Kerry, Secretary of State for the United States; Samantha Power, the same country’s ambassador to the United Nations; Janet Yellen, President of the Federal Reserve; and Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Judge.

With this forum, we aim to create a network of women politicians united by the will to strengthen democracy and equality on the continent, focussing on human development and contributing to good governance, peace and, ultimately, people’s dignity and well-being.

For this reason, all of the participants have made a commitment to holding a seminar of this kind in their respective countries to help extend the network among African women leaders.

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