Women in Africa Address Power Consider the Global Inequities

Women from Africa

Published June 27, 2013

Dr. Tyra Oldham, LANDsds Sustainable Voice News


The similarity to women’s voices around the world have similar and familiar ring, the need for expressed power.  The role of women around the world is the  condition of managing family and the economics of that family.  To whom should the power reside if the source of leadership stems from women.   The role of women fought on the stages of the United States, Africa, India, Executive Suites and more is a propulsion that is just starting. The work of the Half the Sky gave another voice from women as they seek the power to actualize the individual leadership that they own. The recognition and need for equity in  “Nigeria: Gender Equality – Non-Inclusion of Women in Governance, Instrument for Chaos – Experts” is the next evolutionary struggle to change the workplace, politics and economics.

All Africa gave voice to the subject that expressed “More than 100 African business women converged in Lagos recently to lend their voices on the need for more women participation in politics, entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation as tools for nation building. The women who came from four African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa advocated for women participation, especially in politics.”

“President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Alyse Nelson, said “The world is waking up to the reality that women are stronger economic force.”

The similarity is profound and global yet, many women may not see the similarities of developing nations to those of so called developed nations.  The contrast is perceived privilege versus actual equity. The ability to look at this situation as an liability statement can reveal the assets and liabilities of women. The statement may be so similar across the world that the voice of African women can be placed inside the executive suites across the world. Consider, Lean In as a new voice to consider.

The words of the “Guest Speaker, Mrs. Obiageli Oby Ezekwesili, who spoke on “Africa’s Women are the continent’s most visible secret weapon” explained that the African continent can grow even faster if policies that allow for equal participation of women and men are in place.”

This weapon is united as women in the U.S. are running many of the households specifically, those of color. The linkages of women is a sustainable global systemic problem that is effecting economies as women without access to capital and politics are hindered from leveraging their talents to wealth.

Ezekwesili stated, “women constitute half of the population in Africa and their under-representation in social, political and economic spheres must be addressed if Africa is to leverage fully of the promise and potential that it holds, adding that about 30 percent of women participate in economic activities, often in very limited ways – adding that women empowerment only brings about smart economics.”.”

The viability of this argument is pervasive and persuasive to the development of economies. Economies are not developmental without the power and inclusion of women and the businesses they contribute. Women are more likely to hire in considerations of social and economic justice to leverage their communities. Smart economies, grid and networks are integral to the vitality of women and families. So goes the women so goes the economy. This may seem specious but the reality is consider the under-girding of the economy by women.


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