WOMEN IN THE AFRICAN SOCIETY, PERSPECTIVES AND CHALLENGES
June 26, 2013 at 828 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017
As the African Union celebrates its 50th Anniversary; we, daughters, sisters, wives and mothers are looking back on the changes brought by the historical Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa adopted in July 2004 on our lives.
This Declaration was the African Leadership’s attempt to promote gender equality and to empower women in Africa. A decade later, data show very little have been made to improve the social and professional stature of women.
With the exception of Botswana and South Africa, countries in which the proportion of women in senior management were estimated to 38 % and 28 % respectively in 2012 compared to the 19% global average in 2004 (Grant Thornton), women are still well marginalized in Africa.
The other alarming statistics reinforces the drastic gender gap in Africa by indicating that women make up more than 50% of the illiterate population in Africa (United Nations University), ten years after the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa.
The discussion of June 26, 2013 is to examine the reasons of a halt on change for women in Africa through factors such as gender role, culture and education by exceptional keynote speakers such as H.E. Mrs. U. Joy Ogwu- UN Ambassador of Nigeria; Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Former UN Deputy Ambassador of Kenya; Ms. Mpule kwelagobe- Miss Universe 1999; Mrs. Yetunde A. Odugbesan, CEO & Founder Yetunde Global Consulting, LLC.
We invite all our eminent members, men and women of the African community and the public at large to participate in this instructive conversation which explores effective actions at individual, family, community and African levels to accompany the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa and to enable the blossoming our beloved daughters, sisters, wives and mothers.
Due to security needs, we invite all guests to RSVP By June 23rd 2013 and to bring one piece of government issued identification. A minimum donation of $20 is required to register. Proceeds from this gathering will benefit “The Protecting Rose Campaign” which is our ongoing comprehensive platform to raise awareness on the perils of Female Genital Mutilation in the African Community.
We look forward to welcoming you on June 26, 2013 at the Nigeria House.
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US-Africa Synergy (USAS) is a New York City-based non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization dedicated to equip underprivileged African youth in the United States and Africa with requisite skills, tools, and knowledge to overcome socio-economic barriers and reach their full potential.
We believe African youth are invaluable assets and are key in attaining Africa’s gains in development, not only because of the large size of the youth population, but also because of their creativity, their drive, and their aspirations. Through our programs and services we:
Advocate for gender equality and youth empowerment;
Connect under- resourced youth in the U.S. and Africa with mentors and organizations that offer internships and scholarships;
Educate young women and provide them with life and professional skills, career guidance, knowledge and networks to meet their personal goals and aspirations while effectively contributing to the development of their communities.
US-Africa Synergy is run by a group of multi-talented and philanthropically minded professionals with backgrounds in the arts, business, international development, social entrepreneurship and more. Since 2010, with the support of private donors and sponsors, we have provided mentorship, counseling, internship opportunities, and career guidance to 100 men and 150 women aged between 18 and 32.