Isabel dos Santos, whom according to Forbes is Africa’s richest woman has been pushing for the empowerment of African woman for the better part of her life. In her efforts to bring change to the Africa continent by empowering women, she has made numerous donations to this course. Of late she has been taking her message internationally. This is an effort to rally the international community behind her African women empowerment call. So far, this billionaire businesswoman has made a lot of progress in her endeavor.
On the global platform
Isabel advocates for the empowerment of African women to the international stage. This was during the United Nations debate that happened in New York. This billionaire African businesswoman was one of the guest speakers at this debate. Her speech at this debate primarily focused on the economic empowerment of women in Africa. Isabel told the international community that she firmly believes that women a chance have great potential given an opportunity. Through economic empowerment, they will not only be able to uplift themselves but also their communities. She went to point out that thanks to the little effort done, today some of the most promising persons from Africa are women. Isabel dos Santos added that more could be achieved if more is done to remedy the situation.
Challenges facing African women and their remedies
In her speech, Isabel dos Santos pointed out stigmatization to be the biggest challenge that women face. She went ahead to state that in African society, women are stigmatized across the board. The stigmatization is more prevalent in competitive environments like work and business. Isabel dos Santos stated that this stigmatization has acted as a buffer against the prosperity of women in the continent. Even those women who have managed to get up the economic ladder still face stigmatization from mostly men around them. According to Isabel dos Santos, the international community should invest in the education of African women. She said that proper education for women is the only thing that will level the playing field for both genders.
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