Madrid, June 29. Today, the sixth edition of the Strategic Leadership Forum organized by Women for Africa has begun, in collaboration with Yale University and with the support of Banco Santander through Santander Universidades.
This sixth edition will be held entirely online, with eight sessions that will be taught monthly by Yale faculty and another four sessions that will be offered by African political leaders who have already participated in previous editions of the Forum.
The inaugural session, held today, had the previous interventions of our president, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, and the director of the Forum, Emma Sky. After them, the Yale professor Marcela Nunez-Smith, expert in Epidemiology, Public Health and Management, who have lectured on the topic “Health in all policies” and Rohini Pande, economist, who have lectured on the topic “Covid-19 and the exacerbation of gender inequalities in labor markets ” have intervened. All this within the main title of the session: “Women, pandemic and economic crisis”.
In this sixth edition of Yale forum participate the Sierra Leonean Finda Koroma, Vice President of ECOWAS; the Egyptian Abla Abdel-Latif, Executive Director and Research Director of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies; Fatoumata Tambajang, former Vice President of the Government of Madagascar and two other leaders of the country, Noro Ravaozanani, president of the National Council of Women, and Marie Lydie Toto Raharimalala, former Minister of Labor; Theresa Kachindamoto, Malawi activist and local leader; Maria Ivone Rensamo Bernardo Soares, parliamentary of Mozambique; Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, special adviser of the nigerian ODS; the Senegalese Adrienne Diop, former gender comisser of ECOWAS; Angellah Kariuki, Minister of State in the Office of the President of Tanzania, and also the Tanzanian Hellen Kiko-Bisimba, a human rights activist; Jackline Nasiwa, Founder and National Director of the Center for Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice, and Riya William Yuyada, peace activist, from South Sudan.
Besides, given the critical moment we are experiencing and the content highly focused on the pandemic and its effects, all participants in previous editions are invited to attend the virtual sessions of the Forum.
With the African leaders of this edition, there are already 57 high-level female politicians, from 30 African countries, that have taken part in this program, personally promoted by María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, who aims to strengthen democracy and equality in the continent, putting the focus on human development and contributing to good governance, peace and, ultimately, the dignity and well-being of people