FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Women’s Empowerment Based on Economic Power Across Africa
HOUSTON – AfricaiXchange: The Pan-African Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit will be held at the Marriott West Loop- Galleria, in Houston, the fourth largest city in the US. The first of its kind, the women’s summit, led by We Lead International, will run from February 25, 2016 through February 28, 2016.
Africa IXchange is from the perspective of women to make the changes from within to build resilient families, stronger communities, worldwide. The goals of the Houston summit are to help build community capacities, create effective partnerships and best practices and promote leadership skills in women. “Women empowerment in Africa, women empowerment globally, is the same.” explained Ndileka Mandela. Mandela, who launched the Thembelika Mandela Foundation in the name of her father, Former South African President, Nelson Mandela’s oldest son, has her focus on education. She will be attending the conference and scheduled to speak at the “Jewels of Africa” Gala on Saturday, February 27, 2016.” In the African context, some women believe that if you have a career, a husband and children and want to accord equal status to all of them, that is real empowerment. Some believe that having a career and not needing anybody else, especially men, is women empowerment. I don’t believe that we can be one-dimensional. For me, real empowerment in the 21st century is a struggle of identity, a struggle of choice, to be comfortable and to be authentic to whatever choice you make.”
Another key headliner, Mozambique’s H.E. Veronica Macamo, The Speaker of Parliament, who was elected to the nation’s second highest position in 2010 is the first woman in Mozambique to hold the post. Houston, known as the energy capital of the world with over 3700 energy related businesses is of particular interest to Mozambique with abundant untapped coal reserves, hydroelectric capacity and natural gas reserves.
We Lead, a community-development, nonprofit organization, based in Houston, TX, will host the unique summit to create networking opportunities and ignite dialogue between Africa and the international community for business exchange in the areas of education, energy, healthcare, infrastructure and technology. Africa IXchange is an innovative program to bring together experts in the five focus areas from both Africa as well as from around the US. The attendees will include economic stakeholders, business leaders and policymakers to interact, exchange ideas and build mutually beneficial relationships with industry, corporate leaders, fund managers and entrepreneurs across the US. “We can pull the best from around the world in building our communities, “ said We Lead International, Executive Director, Linda Anukwuem. “We can learn from each other and put it into practice!”
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