Promoting Women's Economic Security, Health and Rights in Africa

Abigail Disney, Filmmaker and Philanthropist; Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Global Fund for Women

Africa’s success lies in investing in the future of its women as mothers, farmers, doctors, and entrepreneurs. African women are the driving force behind the economy, running an estimated forty-eight percent of small and medium-sized businesses and growing eighty percent of the food. Despite these statistical realities, eight out of ten women in sub-Saharan Africa do not receive a formal wage, only one percent of land is owned by women, and seventy-five percent of African youth infected with HIV are girls. Given these opportunities and challenges, what can be done to provide Africa’s women, along with the African continent with the tools to reach their full potential? Join The Chicago Council to find out.

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