Vice President of The Gambia, Dr Isatou Touray, the former first lady of South Africa, Bongi Ngema-Zuma, are among some of the leading women voices that will be speaking during the forthcoming African Power Women Conference, APWC.
The event with the theme, African Women in leadership and the glass ceiling: Breaking through and Staying relevant, is billed to hold virtually on the 29th October, to discuss the under-representation of women in public and private sector in Africa.
Also confirmed to attend the event include Honourable Dee Dawkins – Haigler – Former Member of Georgia House of Representatives and Former Chair, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus – USA; Mrs Oluwatoyin F Sanni – Group Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Africa Capital Group – Nigeria; Karen Camper – President, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women) the USA, among over 150 African women leaders in politics, governance, and business.
While highlighting the importance of the event, Dr Ken-Giami, Founder/ Executive Chairman of the African Leadership (UK) LTD, publishers of the Amazons Watch Magazine, organizers of the event, stated that “The under-representation of women in public and private-sector leadership positions not just in Africa but globally continues to be a major concern in gender discussions.”
Continuing, Dr Giami, maintained that, “This phenomenon, often described as the glass ceiling effect, has impacted on women’s advancement from middle level to very senior or topmost leadership roles in diverse sectors and settings, keeping the proportion of females at the highest leadership positions continually low.” “Although women seemingly have opportunities in organizations to move up the ladder to become top leaders, somehow those opportunities are short-lived and vanish at various points along the way,” he said.
Some the themes to be explored during this 1-day conference, which promises to be engaging include; Addressing Female Leadership stereotypes and gaps; Sustained female Leadership and Diversity in the Boardroom; The Gendered Impact of COVID-19; Advancing and sustaining top female leadership in Governance & Political Environments; Critical leadership skills and capabilities for female leaders; The central role of female empowerment in development priorities – a shift towards a global consciousness recognizing the urgency of reducing gender inequality, both economically and politically; The life-long journey of ‘Self-development’; The dimensions of Self-concept: Self- Esteem, Self- Efficacy and Self-determination
The event will also be used as a platform to honour and celebrate select Africa influential and inspiring African women from all walks of life who are rising to today’s unprecedented challenges.
The Africa Power Women Conference & Awards (APWC) 2020, an initiative of The Amazons Watch Magazine in partnership with Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) will convene Africa Power Women leaders across the continent and the globe. This foremost Africa Power women event aims to address intricate topics on sustainable female leadership and to inspire the next generation of female leaders to break through the glass ceiling and maintain significance, thereby enabling a culture of resilience and sustained relevance for African women, as they aspire for the highest leadership positions on the continent and across the globe.