President/Founder African Children Talent Discovery Foundation, ACTDF, Engr Dr. Noah Dallaji has called on African Countries to support and empower women as it will help in the transformation of the continent boost its economy and enhance development.
Engr Noah made the call in Zanzibar an inland in Tanzania at the PAN-AFRICAN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT as part of activities to mark the 2023 International womens day.
8 March 2022, International Women’s Day is being celebrated under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.
While reaffirming ACTDF commitment in supporting Women, Engr Noah said giving women greater economic empowerment benefits their households, their communities and ultimately their Countries.
According to him ” The Foundation is here to support and see how we can empower the women.
“We must make sure the women succeed and included in business, politic and governance”.
Minister of Small Business Development, South Africa, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, in her keynote speech, said Africa has not done well in the growth of its economy as a result of not allowing women play a role in developing its economy.
“We need to drive inclusive economy where women are the centre of development whether in politic or business.
She said Africa needs to build the future that is women centred in all aspects.
Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of this century.
It is estimated that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women Furthermore, women often lack adequate access to funds to cover weather-related losses or adaptation technologies and face discrimination in accessing land and social capital.
At the same time, women and girls are effective and powerful leaders and change-makers for climate adaptation and mitigation. They are involved in sustainability initiatives around the world, and their participation and leadership results in more effective climate action. Continuing to examine the opportunities, as well as the constraints, to empower women and girls to have a voice and be equal players in decision-making related to climate change and sustainability is essential for sustainable development and greater gender equality. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.
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