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How African Women are Changing Diplomacy on the Continent, Abroad

In the Africa of yore, it was simply enough for women to be satisfied with traditional roles of raising children, cooking and other roles assigned to them by their respective society. Those roles have traditionally greased the ambitious wheels of their husband and male counterparts, and often in the past led to discriminations, repressions and subjugations of women by men. Right now, a cultural shift is taking place among men- fathers are now valuing their daughters as much as their they valued sons and thus encouraging girls to pursue education and work outside of home, and as a result, there are a new breed of leaders in Africa: Women.

In the last decade, Africa now counts a historic five female presidents. Rwanda- the once war-torn country now ranks highest in Africa as the most inclusive society for women in sub-Saharan Africa for having women majority in its parliament.

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AfDB Puts Gender Equality at Center of Energy Agenda

African Development Bank is using this year’s Sustainable Energy for All Africa conference to push forward its renewable energy agenda for Africa as well as raise awareness among African countries and development partners about ensuring gender equality.

During a three-day meeting held last week in Abidjan, AfDB’s Acting First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Charles Boamah told a group of more than 100 international and domestic business, government, and civil society leaders that an expeditious improvement of access to renewable energy has become a top priority of many African countries and leaders, and that the Bank plans to “ramp up its investments- equity, loans, grants and guarantees along with co-financing and syndication,” under the New Deal on Energy for Africa.

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Addressing Women’s Rights Issues, Girls’ Education Should be Top Agenda for World Leaders, says Chelsea Clinton

“If we look at Rwanda, for example, which is often viewed through the prism of President Kagame, 50 percent of its parliament are women. The country has made important, radical budgetary decisions both that are importance in terms of investing in women’s education but also in long term investments – over 10 years horizon,” she said. And having more women engaged, “Chancellor Merkel has also passed law for women to be included on board,” said Clinton.

These barriers and issues, said Clinton and her co-speaker, Anju Maholtra, UNICEF Principal Advisor for Gender and Development, including ending early child marriage, childbirth mortality and women inequality, should be discussed in less simulacrum ways.

They urged the international community and world leaders to add these issues to their top priority list for this year’s upcoming UN General Assembly meeting where new sustainable development goals will be discussed and set to replace the old Millennium goals that was set 15 years ago.

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