Wife of Ghana’s Vice President has challenged African women to rise above the challenges they face and be part of the developmental agenda of their countries.
Mrs Samira Bawumia was one of two promising African women hosted as guests by students of the Yale University.
She, together with Professor Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwanda’s Ambassador extraordinaire and plenipotentiary to the United States of America and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil and Argentina were guests of the two-day conference themed, Ubuntu: Collaboration for African Development
The conference was to discuss and craft guidelines to better enhance the role and contribution of women in governance.
It was also to engage the thoughts of a number of accomplished Africans on diverse issues touching on Afropolitan and Pop culture, Social Justice in Africa, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The conference also touched on the New Era of African Education, Women and Governance and Trumping U.S. Borders: Navigating Immigration in the 21st Century. Bubbling with youthful enthusiasm and drive, University students from all over the United States thronged the venerated University to tap from the deep insight and wealth of information held by the celebrated invited speakers from all over Africa as well as indulge them in conversations pertaining to how they can also contribute their quota to the development of the Continent.
The charismatic spouse of the Vice President of Ghana, Mrs. Samira Bawumia, together with Rwanda’s Ambassador extraordinaire and plenipotentiary to the United States of America and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, left their audience in awe as they displayed keen insight and discernment into the issues regarding women in governance today.
Mrs. Bawumia, deployed statistics to prove that women had a vital role to play in governance, tying it in with the various developments Ghana has chalked owing to the industry of women at various points in Ghana’s democratic governance.
She held the view that although she is not a member of government, she is in a position of privilege and would want to use that position to help promote gender parity and empower women as well as focus on education, healthcare and entrepreneurial developments. Mrs. Bawumia also urged women to rise above every challenge that poses a threat to their invaluable contribution in governance and further reminded the students of Yale and by extension all African students living and studying in the diaspora to return home to contribute towards the story of Africa’s Development.