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“Women’s Leadership: Why Africa is Rising” Vital Voices holds Women Empowerment Forum in Lagos | Photos



Vital Voices Forum - May 2013 - BellaNaija011On Thursday 23rd May 2013 SPARC (Supporting Public Advocacy for Regional Competitiveness) partners Vital Voices Global Partnership and Women in Management, Business and Public Service brought together leaders representing business, government, civil society and media from across the continent to host the ‘Women’s Leadership: Why Africa is Rising’ Forum in Lagos.

Over 100 African business men and women attended and examined the role that African women play in Africa’s economic leadership. The main aim of the event is to bring together public and private sectors from Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa to develop, strengthen and officially launch targeted advocacy campaigns designed to address women’s economic engagement in the labour and entrepreneurship force as well as reduce poverty level for them.

The forum exhibited a keynote address from Obiageli Ezekwesili, followed by two panels discussing the values of women’s leadership in Africa’s private sector and the impact of the Government’s investment in women.  According to CEO and President Vital Voices Alyse Nelson; “Vital Voices recognizes that women are powerful engines of economic growth and social change. Through SPARC, Vital Voices and partner businesswomen’s associations are working together to enable women to fully participate in their economies.

The event marked the third day of the Vital Voices-SPARC 2nd regional meeting.

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Celena Green, Senior Program Manager-Africa, Vital Voices Global Partnership

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President Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), Hasfat Abiola-Costello; Executive Director (KIND), Amy Oyekunle and MD, Fountainhead Group, Babi Subair

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President/CEO Vital Voices Global Partnership, Alyse Nelson; Adedotun Sulaiman; Suheima Mohamed; Adeola Azeez and Eva Muraya

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Folake Soetan, Communications Coordinator, and Helen Nwabuokwu, Programmes Director (Ag.), Freedom Foundation.

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Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili and a participant at the forum

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Wunmi Gbadamosi, Celena Green and Eniola Mate

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Oby Ezekwesili and Tara Fela-Durotoye

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Chairperson Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), Adeola Azeez; Chairman, Cornerstone Insurance Plc, Adedotun Sulaiman and Oby Ezekwesili

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  1. SleektouchBigBoldBeautiful

    May 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I so want the hair on the woman with the twist canerow. It’s so lush.

  2. wodia

    May 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I hope this event went well and we will live to see the impact this reflects on the society and Africa at large. all the best

  3. jen

    May 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    role models 🙂

  4. Benz sista

    May 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Nice. well done

  5. madman

    May 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    where are the young women?

    • Chikaka

      May 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

      They are there. Do they all look old? Hafsat, Osayi, Tara and Babi are young women.

  6. iamfascinating

    May 29, 2013 at 3:57 am


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