Up to 80%

Women are the engine for development in Africa. They are the ones who feed homes and communities, who produce food (up to 80% in some countries), the ones who receive and make use of microcredits, who take care of the family’s health, who struggle for peace with the means at their disposal - a task that is acknowledged and backed by a specific programme from the United Nations.

Nobel Peace Prize

Two African women, both Liberian - President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the activist Leymah Gbowee, along with the Yemeni Tawakkul Karman, received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of this work, which can be extended to hundreds of thousands of African women. They thus receive the baton from another female African Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, who recently passed away. On founding the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai laid down a green and democratic agenda with respect for human rights and also environmental rights, which are very much linked to the life, welfare and dignity of people in Africa, symbolizing the social movement of all women in Africa.


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