Graça Machel Trust officially launches Women Advancing Africa Forum


The inaugural Women Advancing Africa (WAA) Forum is a new Pan African  initiative launched by the Graça Machel Trust to acknowledge and celebrate the central role women play in shaping Africa’s development agenda and by driving social and economic transformation.

The Forum will take place from 9 to 12 August 2017 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania at the Hyatt Kilimanjaro.

“Africa has experienced tremendous development in the last few decades, however a significant gap in the economic advancement of women remains a huge challenge. Africa is in a second liberation era – the economic liberation. Women can no longer be secondary or marginal, and through Women Advancing Africa the Trust wantsto enable women to take centre stage in the economic advancement of Africa. The Trust is establishing a platform for women to claim their right to sit at the table where the decisions are made and to shape the policies, plans and strategies
for our futures and those of the generations to come,” says Machel. 

The Trust is honoured to have H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania and member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment join the WAA Forum to share her insights on issues that will be discussed over the four days.

The Forum will consist of interactive sessions organised around three core pillars: Financial Inclusion, Market Access and Social Change.

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