I currently work as a Consultant with the Women In Parliaments Global Forum aka WIP, and I am the Regional Manager for Afrcia. I joined the Foundation at its creation in July 2013, and became a consultant in July 2014. It is very rewarding to be working to advance the cause of not only the other (often marginalized) 50 % of society, but in by so doing, advance the cause of the remaining 50%. Women's Empowerment is a reality and statistics showing how much society benefits when its women are empowered, speak very highly for themselves. My grandmother of blessed and fondest memory, was the first woman in her village to inherit landed property, and yet this woman who in today's standards would be a Law and Policy Maker (given her strong advocacy skills and various roles in local party chapters, the community credit union and other initiatives), had to fight legal battles for her right to the said land bequeated her by her father to be recognized. This is not a case of a century ago, no we are talking half a century ago. WIP therefore has noble objectives and I am very happy to be a part of the Foundation.
My role and assignments include the rallying and organization of the African female Parliamentarians, to the ideals of this global platform. We organize summits and the innaugural summit in November 2013 at the European Parliament was truly groundbreaking. Key note speakers ranged from their excellencies Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Portia Simpson Miller and the President of the Arab Parliament just to name these few. I was very excited to personally meet these personalities and learn a word or two of wisdom from them. That memorable week, is captured in my picture gallery.
I also attend other symposiums and man a WIP stand as can be seen on the picture, which was taken at the Crans Montana Forum African Women's Forum in Brussels last year. Advancing the spirit of the Society can no longer be seperated from advancing gender equality. To this cause, I will be always dedicated.