6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Advancing Women Leaders in Africa: A Discussion with Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi

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Africa needs a critical mass of skilled leaders to address the opportunities and challenges the continent faces. Leaders are born; yet 80% of the women leaders born in rural parts of Africa go unrecognized largely because, from day one, girls are born into a political, cultural and social environment that inhibits their development into well-equipped female leaders. In order to make policies that benefit all of society, then all of society must be a part of decision-making and given opportunities to lead.

On January 27, 2017, the Women in Public Service Project and the Africa Program hosted a moderated conversation with Wilson Center Distinguished Fellow Dr. Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi and the first woman to hold that office. Over the course of her fellowship, Dr. Banda has written extensively on issues around empowering women leaders in Africa. During the event she presented her white paper, “From Day One: An Agenda for Supporting Women Leaders in Africa.”

The event concluded with a conversation between Dr. Banda and two young women leaders, moderated by WPSP Director Gwen K. Young.

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