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Girl Power for Africa: A Journey of Transformation

March 18, 2024
A replay is available below


Gender equality is not only good for women. It is also smart economics. With 60% of the total population of Africa under the age of 25, investing in women and girls’ empowerment is critical for economies and societies to be more dynamic and resilient. According to the 2024 Women, Business, and the Law Report, Sub-Saharan Africa continues to advance reforms to close the legal gender gap. Despite the impressive number of reforms, the new report also highlights the broad gap between laws on paper and the reality on the ground. In Western and Central Africa, countries are investing in innovative interventions to promote learning, and empowerment of girls of all ages, their families, and broader communities.

The event will focus on the transformative journey of women and girls involved in innovative interventions that are making a difference in accelerating growth and gender equality in the region. It will discuss what can be done to scale up impact and put women and girls at the center of development in our countries.

8:00 - 8:05 am EST
1:00 - 1:05 pm UTC

Welcome by moderator Anita Erskine

8:05 - 9:00 am EST
1:05 - 2:00 pm UTC

Panel discussions: Stories of Transformation from Women and Girls of Western and Central Africa:

  • Mehla Mint Ahmed Talebna, President of the National Observatory for Women and Girls' Rights
  • Fatoumata Ba, Tech entrepreneur and VC investor
  • Sudaisa, Student, Nigeria
  • Trina Haque, Regional Director for Human Development, Western and Central Africa, World Bank
  • Anita Erskine, CEO, Erskine Communications, Ghana