Summit Theme: Sailing Strong: The Authentic Voice of the African Woman
The culture, evolution, and history of women who were born, live and are from the continent of Africa reflect the evolution and history of the African continent itself. The place of a woman in the development of any nation/continent cannot be overemphasized. Women are the source of empowerment to all nations.
Significant efforts towards gender equality have been made through the creation of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, which encourages member states to end discrimination and violence against women. Almost all African states have adopted this charter and despite these strides towards equality, women still face various issues related to gender inequality such as disproportionate levels of poverty and education, poor health and nutrition, lack of political power, limited workforce participation, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, and child marriage. However, Africa women have distinguished themselves from other women all over the world. Their peculiar features of industriousness, intellectuality, potentiality, ingenuity, and innovativeness demonstrated by them have given them a high level of distinction and recognition and are forced to reckon with when it comes to sustainability in the African economy.
The impact of the COVID19 pandemic and its responses merely exacerbated chronic social injustice and inequity that has affected low-income populations across Africa but has disproportionately impacted women, children, and young people. Chronic limitations to access employment fueled by financial exclusion and limited access to technology have further affected these vulnerable groups. In Africa, women are the vanguards of the pandemic response in their homes and communities, as entrepreneurs and managers providing care, delivering services, and saving lives. They are often transforming governance and accountability at local, national, and global levels, whether as president, prime minister, CEO, government worker, or head of household. It is worthy to note that the contributions of women have lightened up the continent, contributing to the birth of a “new Africa” and having that “Authentic Voice as the African Woman”.
Gender equality is a matter of social justice by allowing equal access to rights, resources, and opportunities. When women are empowered, the benefits are perceived by the entire community. Now more women in Africa are having vital and decisive roles in social, economic, and political development. African women are achieving great success in terms of enhancing women’s status in all aspects of life, women are now able to chart a new enhanced path through their contribution and success. This is therefore the much-needed opportunity to amplify the voice of African women, ensure inequity is corrected, and position gender equity appropriately within the African context.
Why is this important?
This event is a unique opportunity to highlight the core contributions of women in social justice and gender equity, engage more young people to talk about the future of gender equality in Africa, and build generational capacities for equity, as well as celebrate women of Africa who have stood out. The theme, “Sailing Strong – The Authentic Voice of the Woman of Africa”, looks and encourages African women to own their authentic voice—using their voice as a force towards their hopes and desires. This event strives to celebrate the authenticity of African women and build more financially inclusive women by training them on economic empowerment initiatives.
Goals of The Summit
To amplify the voices of the Women of Africa, celebrate their successes towards accelerating equality, leadership, and opportunities for women and girls as part of the generation equality movement and commitment.
- Explore opportunities and options to mitigate the disproportionately negative impact of COVID19 pandemic and its national responses on women, children, and young persons.
- Engage women, peer-to-peer leaders, and the African diaspora in the identification of opportunities to amplify and position the African narrative within global movements and commitments towards ‘Generation Equality’.
- Launch the publication ‘BOLD on Purpose’ and present ‘BOLD Pathfinding Women of AFRICA’ Awards
- Establish the BPaWA Collaborative as a movement for social justice and equity for women and young persons in post-COVID in multi-sector bounce back interventions with special emphasis on access to financial services, technology other assets for human capital development.
Officials from Country Government Parastatals, Traditional Leaders, Representatives from international agencies, Representatives of Youths in Diaspora, Civil Society Organizations, philanthropic organizations, financial institutions, Women-Led Organizations.
- Summit: The event is a one-day hybrid event. There will be a Morning session with Keynote address and moderated panel sessions and an afternoon session where the communique will be delivered.
- The Book Launch: The book “Bold on Purpose” will be launched and unveiled.
- Award Dinner: Presentation of the summit outcome statement to key stakeholders and traditional duty bearers, including His Imperial Majesty The Ooni of Ife Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II and other high-level Influencers who will endorse and support the program within Nigeria and across Africa.
Award Ceremony Categories
- Resilient Woman Award
- “Mummy like no other Award” – for women below 30yrs
- Amazon Woman Award
- Proverbs 31 Woman Award
- The BFF Award
- She Blossoms
- She Speaks
- She Excels
- Bold Pathfinding Woman Award
- Special Recognition Awards of BOLD Giants
- Voting or Selection
- An online nomination process
- Coverage and Engagement
- Summit Outcome Statement delivered for endorsement by key stakeholders and traditional duty bearers
- Proclamation of Endorsement and Support key stakeholders and traditional duty bearers
- Book Launch: BOLD on Purpose
- Public presentation of the BPaWA collaborative and movement
- BPaWA Awards and Special Recognition of BOLD Giants.
- Draft BPaWA Action Plan