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Graça Machel Trust Launches Movement to Elevate Women’s Leadership in African Development

Women Advancing Africa Forum to convene African women leaders and global champions August 10-12 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, March 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Graça Machel Trust (GMT) announced today the launch a Pan-African initiative to ‘Multiply the Faces and Amplify the Voices’ of African women as a force for economic and social transformation.

The Women Advancing Africa (WAA) initiative seeks to ‘Multiply the Faces and Amplify the Voices’ of African women to drive inclusive, sustainable growth across the continent. The Trust will challenge African leaders, government participants and private sector partners to design innovative solutions and commit to specific “Calls for Action” that will increase women’s economic power and elevate the role of women in African development.

On what makes the Women Advancing Africa Forum different, Mrs. Graça Machel says, “To our knowledge there are not many places or platforms where extraordinary examples of successes by African women is showcased.  Through this forum, we want women to come together to strategise, share and learn from each other on how to grow and develop to the next level in their economic and social journey.”

The inaugural Forum will take place from 10-12 August in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and will convene more than 250 women leaders, rising stars and global champions to explore the critical role women play in shaping Africa’s future. Under the overarching theme of ‘Driving Social and Economic Transformation’, the Forum will focus on three core pillars: promoting financial inclusion, increasing market access and driving social change. The Trust believes that the selection of these three thematic areas provides a common agenda for women in the economy, as they are cut across all sectors of the economy and speak to all women at different levels of the economy.

“Driving Social and Economic Transformation means that we need to look holistically at womens’ roles and perceived value.  Transformation is not only about numbers, although the numbers of women represented on Boards, as CEOs, or Department Heads is important, we need a transformative agenda which challenges the conceptualization, social norms, outlook and value given to women and their contribution to the economy and society,” adds Machel.

African women are a powerful economic force but continue to face significant barriers across the continent. Today, seventy percent of African women are financially excluded and many lack access to critical markets, resources and services needed to succeed. In a report released on International Women’s Day, the Trust found that more than 50 percent of female entrepreneurs in East Africa cite access to finance and markets as major challenges in growing their businesses.

Initial support for the WAA initiative is generously provided by The Intel Foundation and The UPS Foundation. Media partners include: the ABN360 Group, incorporating CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa; the Nation Group and locally based Azam Media Group.   These partners share the Trust’s belief that advancing women economically is crucial to the health and prosperity of African families, communities and nations.

The Trust is seeking additional partners to assist in the execution of WAA.

The Trust has also selected APCO Worldwide, the largest women-owned communications firm in the world, to be the convening partner for the Women Advancing Africa initiative. With deep roots in Africa and a long history of planning and executing high-profile events around the world, APCO is working closely with the Graça Machel Trust to bring this important, first-of-its-kind initiative to life.

For more information about the Women Advancing Africa Initiative and the Graça Machel Trust, please visit http://womenadvancingafricaforum.com and http://gracamacheltrust/new.org
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The Graça Machel Trust is an organisation that works across the continent to drive positive change across women’s and children’s rights, as well as governance and leadership. Through our support of local initiatives and connecting key stakeholders at a regional, national and sub-national level, we help to catalyse action where it is needed.  By using our convening power the Trust seeks to: amplify the voices of women and children in Africa; influence governance; promote women’s contributions and leadership in the economic social and political development of Africa.

APCO Worldwide
Founded in 1984, APCO Worldwide is an independent global communication, stakeholder engagement and business strategy firm with offices in more than 30 major cities throughout the world. We challenge conventional thinking and inspire movements to help our clients succeed in an ever-changing world. Stakeholders are at the core of all we do. We turn the insights that come from our deep stakeholder relationships into forward-looking, creative solutions that always push the boundaries. APCO clients include large multinational companies, trade associations, governments, NGOs and educational institutions. The firm is a majority women-owned business. For more information, please visit www.apcoworldwide.com.

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NIAMEY, NIGER, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelamlek Sellal has called for a common strategy against insecurity in the North West African sub-region, stressing that the terrorist threat is hampering the implementation of the co-operation steps planned by Algeria and Niger.

“The terrorist threat, hindering the implementation of co-operation actions agreed upon by our two countries, deserves to be at the centre of our common strategy against insecurity in the sub-region,” Sellal said in an opening address at the Algerian-Niger high-level joint commission here Thursday.

Their common border area, which is a “bridge for the promotion of friendship, fraternity, co-operation and complementarity,” faces various “security challenges that are mainly due to terrorist groups fed by relating scourges, especially drug trafficking”, he noted.

The joint commission session was co-chaired by Sellal and his Nigerien counterpart, Brigi Rafini. The closed-door session assessed the state of bilateral relations and co-operation and defined ways to inject more dynamism to these relations, given the quality of the political relations between the two countries.

The two sides broached issues of common interest, notably those relating to development stakes and challenges in the region as well as to the conditions of the evolution of security situation in the sub-region.

Also on Thursday, Sellal held talks with Rafini on ways to strengthen bilateral co-operation to raise them to the level and quality of the political relations between the two countries..

The discussions were held in the presence of Algerian Minister of Maghreb, African Union and Arab League Affairs Abdelkader Messahel, Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bedoui, Minister of Post and Communication and Information Technologies Houda Imane Faraoun and members of Niger’s government.


MEC Albert Fritz signs memorandum of understanding with Oudtshoorn Municipality to boost service delivery

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has officially entered into an agreement with the Oudtshoorn Municipality to provide coordinated social services in Oudtshoorn.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Friday between MEC, Adv. Albert Fritz, and Executive Mayor, Cllr. Colan Sylvester.

This memorandum frees DSD to collaborate directly with the Municipality, and deliver greater impact with our budget of R253.1-million which we spend in the greater area.

Our relationship will focus on responding to the most vulnerable segments of society in Oudtshoorn, such as children, people with disabilities and older persons.

The MEC and Mayor were joined by the DSD Oudtshoorn office manager, Mr. Dennis Ngonyama, and the Oudtshoorn Deputy Mayor, Ms. Noluthando Mwapi.

Source: Government of South Africa