U.S. Ambassadors Show Support for #Africa4Her

The 2016 #Africa4Her campaign saw a huge outpouring of support inside and outside the YALI Network. More than 20,000 Network members made pledges (thank you!), and 44 pledges were made by U.S. ambassadors to Africa. Among the highlights: Using the hashtags #30Jours30Femmes and #FiereDetreFemme, Embassy Bamako published a photo each...

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What will you do to help empower women?

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said gender equality is more than just a goal: “It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” In other words, when women lead, we all succeed. That is the theme of #Africa4Her. There are...

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YALI Presidential Summit offers a conversation about women’s rights

On the sidelines of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Presidential Summit in Washington, several Mandela Washington Fellows met with U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell to discuss the state of women’s rights in Africa and ways to work for positive change in their home countries. The reason why the...

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Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Woman

“We believe that everyone is an entrepreneur,” said Takunda Chingonzoh, a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow and YALI Network member. “It’s only a matter of people finding that aspect of themselves.” Recently, Chingonzoh and his team focused on helping one particular group find that aspect of themselves: women. They did it...

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Is she ‘bossy’ or are you biased?

More African women are breaking the “glass ceiling” in the business world by advancing to management positions. As a result, more women are finding themselves on the receiving end of criticism from both male and female subordinates. There are complaints like “she’s bossy,” or “she doesn’t respect the people who...

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Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Woman

“We believe that everyone is an entrepreneur,” said Takunda Chingonzoh, a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow and YALI Network member. “It’s only a matter of people finding that aspect of themselves.” Last year, Chingonzoh and his team focused on helping one particular group find that aspect of themselves: women. They did...

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Tapping the Entrepreneurial Potential of Africa’s Women

“I feel like African women are some of the most entrepreneurial women in the world,” said Amini Kajunju. “Many African women become entrepreneurs because that’s where the opportunities are.” Kajunju has been studying entrepreneurship and advising entrepreneurs for her entire career. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,...

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