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Bridging the Gender Gap: Women Empowerment in Africa

Nihal El Mquirmi & Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr (ADEL) | Wed, 21 April 2021

The African Union declared 2010-2020 as the African Women's Decade. By devoting an entire Decade to women, African leaders have demonstrated their political will and commitment to promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights. Progress was made in translating commitment into measurable action, as most African countries took giant steps to elevate the status of women through legal and constitutional means, institutional gender mechanisms as well as creating conducive environments for women to realize their potential. In today's conversation, Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr, Founder of SheROARS, Director of Community Building and Communications at the Ubuntu Foundation and an Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader, defines women empowerment, talks about the developments in Africa in terms of advancing gender equality, and discusses her work to empower African women to unleash their full potential. 

Regional tensions over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Sara Hasnaa Mokaddem and Mohammed Loulichki | Fri, 16 April 2021

It has been a decade now since the announcement of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and Ethiopia has recently just confirmed the success of its first phase of filling the Dam’s reservoir during the 2020 rainy season. However, the three Blue Nile countries have still not reached an agreement on the sharing of the Blue Nile waters. In this podcast, Sara Hasnaa Mokaddem, Manager of the Strategic Monitoring and Analysis Unit at the Policy Center for the New South engages in a conversation with Ambassador Mr. Mohamed Loulichki, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South to discuss the difficulties and the challenges of the ongoing negotiation process and the opportunities for a way forward?

Bridging the Gender Gap: Women in Leadership

Lilia Rizk & Chika Uwazie (ADEL) | Wed, 14 April 2021

Data continuously shows that women’s access to management positions in organizations is limited compared to men. This is also true in other sectors and at all levels in society. Although the number of women within organizations and in leadership positions may have risen, women do not necessarily have greater power, and the further up the corporate ladder you go, the less women are represented. Research has however shown that organizations with a greater share of women on their board of directors and executives tend to perform better. Having women as leaders and decision makers at all levels is critical to advancing gender justice and gender equality, and to furthering economic, social and political progress for all.


La présidence de la RDC de l'Union africaine

Abdelhak Bassou & Oussama Tayebi | Fri, 9 April 2021

C’est dans un contexte marqué à la fois par la crise sanitaire liée à la pandémie de COVID-19 et par l’émergence de nouvelles menaces à la paix et à la sécurité du continent africain que la République Démocratique du Congo a accédé, et ce pour la première fois depuis 1967, à la présidence de l'Union Africaine (UA). Cette mandature, inscrite par le président congolais Félix Tshisekedi dans le cadre d’une vision visant à mettre l’Union africaine au service des peuples, est ainsi la concrétisation du souhait du président Tshisekedi de voir son pays jouer un rôle de premier plan au niveau régional après une période de relative absence. Abdelhak Bassou, Senior Fellow au Policy Center for the New South, nous livre dans ce podcast son analyse des principaux défis auxquels devra faire le président congolais dans le cadre de son mandat à la tête de l’UA notamment en ce qui concerne les questions de paix et de sécurité.


Bridging the Gender Gap: Women in Policy-Making

Nihal El Mquirmi & Scarlett Varga (ADEL) | Wed, 07 April 2021

There is no doubt that the persistent under-representation of women in politics and in decision-making, and the discrimination they face worldwide impedes them from reaching their full potential. Indeed, women are under-represented in political offices almost everywhere across the globe. While it is true that progress has been made, achieving gender parity in political life is far off. In today's episode, Scarlett Varga, Head of Development at Bruegel, co-founder of the Brussels Binder and an Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader alumna discusses the role of women in policy-making, the challenges they encounter and what can be done to tackle the issue gender imbalance in politics.