WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT – ENTERPRISE ACROSS AFRICA

The focus of this program is to provide mentorship and networking opportunities for women.

Sixty years have passed since the founders of the United Nations inscribed, on the first page of our Charter, the equal rights of men and women. Since then, study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, or to reduce infant and maternal mortality. No other policy is as sure to improve nutrition and promote health – including the prevention of HIV/AIDS. No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation and would also ensure that no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended. But whatever the very real benefits of investing in women, the most important fact remains: women themselves have the right to live in dignity, in freedom from want and from fear. Kofi Annan, Commission on the Status of Women marking Beijing +10 28 February 2005.   The Enterprise Across Africa – Women in Development program serves as a platform to break down the barriers that women face in the bid to excel in their quest for excellence in business.  The empowerment of women serves as a catalyst for the socio-economic development of any nation. It is our goal that we shall provide empowerment to improve the lives of all Africans through partnership with the Namibian Government.  This shall ensure that we serve as the conduit of development that Africa earnestly needs.   Mrs. Aisha Oyebode asserts that women need to drive this engine of partnership in order to achieve the maximum impact of growth needed in Africa. Melinda Gates also states that ‘a woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.’ The Murtala Muhammed Foundation is partnering with the Namibian government and the private sector to ensure that women in Africa have a strong voice that shall serve as the conduit of development that Africa earnestly needs.