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Celebrating Women’s Leadership

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Asante Africa Foundation, Developments in Literacy, Population Council and Pratham, global NGOs implementing innovative approaches to keeping girls in school and ensuring all children receive a quality education, will lead a discussion on Innovations in Education at the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY) on March 15th as part of its week long International Women’s Day conference. For those of you that don’t know, the United Nations established International Women’s Day as a way to celebrate the many accomplishments women have made and also raise awareness of continued struggles women face around the world. Asante Africa Foundation takes every opportunity to celebrate this day because achieving equality for women and girls is not simply a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.

I watched the accompanying video from the Giving Library where our CEO, Erna Grasz spoke about how Asante Africa is working to build an inclusive culture in Africa by providing education and training, and financial counseling to women and girls. To hear the stories about how Asante Africa’s programs have benefited these future women leaders’ was insightful and inspiring.

Asante Africa has made important gains in access to primary education for girls and representation for women in rural communities of Africa. The many success stories from our Leadership and Entrepreneur Incubator program is evidence of our positive impact on the lives of women and girls in rural communities of Africa. An example is Irene, a 19 year old from Tanzania.

Irene dreams of being a Doctor and she is tenacious. In the accompanying video she explains her plans to go home and share her new knowledge with younger youth who need this knowledge as well. History has shown that countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.

Celebrate International Women’s Day by honoring the leadership of the many women who made this victory possible.