Women & Leadership Links

Women and Leadership: Let’s Continue the ConversationThe Huffington Post

Just over a week ago, the very first Dialogue for Action Africa was held in Libreville, Gabon. More than 550 individuals representing NGOs, businesses and governments from across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, China and the United States joined us to put forward their expertise in politics, health, education, development and business. These leaders convened to address some of the challenges women — and the organizations that support them — face across different African regions.

The DFAA was a big success. But it’s important that this conversation continues all year round, in our cities and homes and boardrooms. Shockingly, although women make up at least half of the world’s population, less than 10 percent of world leaders are female. The figures about women’s representation in executive positions are even more disappointing.

Why We Need Women in Leadership- Now!The Glass Hammer

Ilene Lang, President of Catalyst, a not-for-profit organization founded about 50 years ago to help women and girls gain equality, observes that men are promoted based on their potential, while women have to prove themselves over and over again for that promotion. Everyone I have mentioned this to, both men and women, has said, “So true!”

Many executives don’t promote women because they doubt women’s longevity in the workforce. It is true that some women take themselves out of the running for senior leadership positions by taking time off to raise their children. Yet in today’s world, with the technology available, businesses can and must be nimble in order to retain talent. Where there is a will, there is a way to keep a mother involved with email, messaging, smart phones, and Skype. The best way to develop an approach to accommodate working mothers is to ask the team how they envision themselves sharing client service and work. Let the team come up with the solution.

Helping African American Business Leaders Connect with Social Media One.org

This week, ONE hosted its third delegation of women business leaders from Africa to talk about the benefits of using social media to expand their businesses at “The Future if Africa is Female….So Get Connected,” an interactive training session.

ONE’s social media training was part of a three-week program to help participants enhance their advocacy and communication skills, as well as learn about accessing capital and US markets, best practices for businesses, and social entrepreneurship. In this day and age, utilizing social media channels is integral to any business plan.

At ONE, we believe that investing in women and trade are essential components of economic growth for Africa. Female business owners are more likely to invest money in their families and communities, which means that by empowering women entrepreneurs, we can spread economic growth to entire communities. By helping AWEP members expand their networks and markets, we are helping to strengthen their ability to grow their business, create jobs, transform their communities and drive social and economic progress in their home countries.

Foundation empowers women in Llorin– NigerianNews.com

A non-governmental organisation in Ilorin, Aigoro Foundation has pledged to complement efforts of the state government in alleviating poverty with plan to empower about 1800 unemployed persons in Ilorin and its environs as parts of measures to make them self employed in their various communities.

Speaking during the flag-off of the empowerment programme in Ilorin, the financier of the foundation, Alhaji Mashood Bolakale Aigoro, said the essence of the programme was to reduce the unemployment level in the state.

Nepal: Boosting Entrepreneurship among poor rural womenUNDP.org

Chitrakali Budhamagar began her career in 2003 collecting yarn made out of ‘allo’ (Himalayan nettle) and selling it in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. With the money she made selling yarn, she bought readymade garments to sell in her home village of Pyuthan, in the western part of the country.

“We micro-entrepreneurs need to expand our business,” Chitrakali said. “The women involved in this business should be trained in diversifying their products and enhancing their quality to survive in a competitive market.”

Most importantly, Chitrakali is a motivator for other women. She provides training in allo-processing and yarn-making to hundreds of women in neighbouring villages, opening the door to gainful employment for them as well.

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