Lilongwe will from 7-9 April 2022 be a haven of activities as high level delegates converge at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) for the first ever High-Level International Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Africa.
Malawi President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is expected to preside over the official opening of the three-day conference, which former President Dr. Joyce Banda will lead in her capacity as current Chairperson of Women’s Empowerment and Development (WED) Africa – Asia and Member of the Committee of Elders (comprising of former and seating Female Heads of State) at AU African Women Leaders Network (AWLN).
The conference will be held under the theme “Growing and Glowing Against all Odds” and is expected to attract high-level dignitaries, including former heads of state and global business captains.
A statement from Generation Equality in possession of Nyasa Times says the event creates an opportunity to facilitate intergenerational dialogue among multi-stakeholder groups on women’s leadership and political participation, ending violence against women and girls, women’s economic empowerment, and strengthening intergenerational solidarity to retain women leaders and empower young women leaders in the development, humanitarian, and conflict prevention context.
“The conference will also unveil the First Women Trade Centre in Lilongwe and the gathering further provides a unique opportunity for networking for women in business at regional, continental and global levels,” says the statement.
Other high-level delegates that will be in attendance include Her Excellency Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, former President of Liberia; Her Excellency Jewel Taylor, Vice President of Liberia; Her Excellency Catherine Samba Panza, Former Interim President of the Central African Republic and Her Excellency, Joice Runaida Mujuru, Former Vice President of Zimbabwe, according to the statement.
It adds that global business captains and investors who include Dr Gloria Hendon, Former Chair, African and American Businesswomen’s Alliances (AABWA) – CEO GB Group Global; Princess Dr A.K. Ocansey of SOS Global Investments; Dr Aman Asfour, African Union Business Council Chairperson, and Ms. Chileshe Mupundu Kapwepwe, COMESA Secretary General will also be in attendance.
“The United Nations in collaboration with Generation Equality Forum Core Group appointed Malawi, Netherlands, and Canada as Generation Equality Action Coalition leaders on the ‘Women’s’ Movements and Leadership agenda. The appointment was based on a five-criterion approach, including previous commitments and past records of achievements in pertinence to the Action Coalition’s theme.
“The action coalition envisions that by 2026, feminist leaders, movements, and organizations, are supported to become sustainable, can carry-out their work towards advancing gender equality, peace, and human rights for all without fear of reprisal,” stresses the statement.
The 2021 Generation Equality Forum was a major global reflection point for gender equality. This was a landmark effort that brought together governments, corporations, and change-agents from around the world to define and announce an ambitious Global Acceleration Plan with a targeted set of concrete, ambitious and immediate actions including on advancing women’s movements and leadership for the period 2021-2026 to achieve gender equality.