Africa Leaders Summit 2014
Washington, DC, United States
Wednesday August 6th, 2014
Investing in Our Future
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The forum will begin with a conversation between First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Laura Bush to discuss the unique role and platform of a first spouse. Following their discussion, moderated panels will highlight key interventions, best practice solutions, and public-private partnerships in girls’ education, women’s health, and economic opportunity that can be adopted and replicated for significant impact.
Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders
Research shows that giving girls a quality education has tremendous multiplying effects for families, communities, societies, and the world — for generations. However, in 47 out of 54 African countries, girls have less than a 50 percent chance of completing primary school. These low odds are compounded by issues such as child marriage, trafficking, and the undue burden that HIV/AIDS and other diseases place on female-headed households (through loss of income and orphaned children). This panel spotlights transformative education interventions and programs for women and girls; and the benefits of education to them, their families and their nations. Panelists will discuss interventions that employ public-private partnership models, cross-sector collaborations, and technology to improve access to educational opportunities for girls.
Her Excellency Lordina Mahama
First Lady of The Republic of Ghana
The Honorable Catherine M. Russell
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State Ambassador
Founder and President, Camfed International
Chairman of the Board, Intel Foundation, and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs and Global Director of Corporate Affairs Group, Intel Corporation
Aïcha Bah Diallo
Chairperson and Founding Member, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)
Sara Ruto, Ph.D.
Regional Manager – Uwezo East Africa, Uwezo
President and Chief Executive Officer, The MasterCard Foundation
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