Dr. Jeanne Toungara, associate professor of History at Howard University, gives direction to panelist Radha Muthaih, VP Strategic Partnerships and Alliances, CARE, Kechi Anah, MD, MPA, Africare, and Kim Knowlton, Dr. PH Senior Scientist, Health & Environment Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC at the 2009 Womenâ€™s Empowerment Conference held at the National Geographic Society on Fri., May 8. Photo by Roy Lewis
â€œThe face of poverty globally is that of an African woman!â€, said Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-At-Large for Global Womenâ€™s Issues at the State Department, to open the panel discussion at the recent Womenâ€™s Empowerment Conference on Fri. May 8, held at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC.
According to its organizers, the goal of the conference was to promote the empowerment of women and gender equality as issues central to U.S. development policy in Africa; and to develop new ideas and joint framework for continued engagement toward aid effectiveness in the areas of governance, security, health, and the environment. Other specific agenda for the conference is to develop partnerships with NGOs, think tanks, faith-based groups, and academia to further public and political discourse on the challenges facing women in Africa and to promote and reward successful efforts.