Go After The Laws that Hold African Women Back

We must change the status quo, and dismantle laws that hold women back and create inequalities, Senait Fisseha, Director of Global Programs at the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, said during this year's virtual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference. Rumbidzai Chisenga, Director of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Center's Leadership Programs, joined Fisseha to discuss the key opportunities and challenges to African women's leadership. They both agree that sexual reproduction health is central to the vision of Universal Health Coverage and that undoing gender discrimination will require more than women demanding change and women changing themselves. "Men should recognize that issues that have been traditionally labelled as 'women's issues' are actually societal issues". The WLGH conference is an annual event that brings together established and emerging leaders from across sectors and cultures to work towards gender equity in health leadership and to improve health for all.

Senait Fisseha, Rumbidzai Chisenga and Zain Verjee had a "fireside chat" at the 2020 virtual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference, looking at leadership in Africa through the lens of gender—why women’s leadership matters and how more African women can dismantle longstanding barriers to claim their seats at the decision-making table.


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