Meeting of African Women leaders in Accra

Madrid, 9th March 2018. Accra, the capital of Ghana, will host next Sunday March 11th the inaugural reunion of the alumni of the Yale Forum for Strategic Impact, the first meeting in Africa of this innovative leadership forum. The Leadership Forum for Strategic Impact is an initiative that the Women for Africa Foundation and Yale University have been organizing since 2015.

This Forum is sponsored by Banco Santander through Santander Universities.

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President of the Women for Africa Foundation, and Peter Sallovey, President of Yale University, on occasion of the first ever trip to Africa by a Yale president, will chair this reunion. Six women leaders that have participated in the Leadership Forum’s throughout the past three editions will intervene in the debate.

We refer to: Nana Oye Lithur and Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman (Ghana); Obiageli Ezekwesili (Nigeria); Victoria Sekitoleko (Uganda); Julia Duncan Cassell (Liberia); and Nouzha Skalli (Marruecos). All of them have held ministerial responsibilities in their home countries.

Emma Sky, the new director of the Forum for Strategic Impact will also participate in this innovative Forum together with Yale alumni and non -alumni and social leaders’ beneficiaries of the Ghana Wins program of Women for Africa.

During the meeting the major issue of discussion will be women’s political leadership from an African perspective. Special attention will be granted to the power of the network of political leaders and the use of new technologies for women’s empowerment as well as the definition of an action plan for leveraging the power of this network of alumni of the Yale Forum for Strategic Impact for greater influence and impact around the continent, mainly on the younger generations of public servants.

This network, personally promoted by María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, aims to reinforce democracy and gender equality in Africa, focusing on human development and contributing to governance, peace or in other words dignity and people’s wellbeing.


32 female high level political leaders coming from 19 different countries have so far participated in this fórum that next May will hold its fourth edition. Half a dozen of new participants from seven African countries will participate in this new edition.

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