COUNTRY/TOWN: USA / New Haven
LENGTH: 2015 onwards
Women are today Africa’s engine and its best and greatest hope. This is also true in the political arena. To promote them and strengthen their leadership in this crucial area for the future of their countries, Women for Africa has launched, in collaboration with Yale University (USA) and with the support of Banco Santander through Santander Universities, the annual seminar “Leadership, Governance and Globalization: Leadership Forum for Strategic Impact”.
This is a space for training, dialogue and a meeting point with international leaders in which African women of the highest level in the political sphere participate. The first edition was held in May 2015, with the participation of 10 women ministers and former ministers from Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Morocco and Ghana. Four other editions have been held since then. A total of 53 women from 33 countries on the continent have completed the program.
The first part of the Forum is held on the Yale campus in New Haven, and after the training sessions, the participants travel to Washington or New York, where they have interviews with leading global personalities such as John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Janet Yellen, Nancy Pelosi, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sonia Sotomayor, etc.
With this Forum we want to create a network of women politicians united by the will to strengthen democracy and equality in the continent, focusing on human development and contributing to good governance, peace and, ultimately, the dignity and welfare of people.
To achieve a multiplier effect of this initiative, since 2018, meetings of Leaders have been held in different African countries (Ghana , Ethiopia and soon Nigeria) with the active participation of young generations of women leaders.