By Celine Samuel, The Sight News
The African Union Commission, Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey on Tuesday, met with the Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, USAID Administrator Mark Green and Acting OPIC President and CEO Dave Bohigian to discuss ways to catalyze the potential of women in the workforce, and the goal of the W-GDP to prioritize women’s empowerment as a key driver to spur economic growth in Africa.
This is just as they discussed on how to renew a commitment to strengthen women’s economic participation and entrepreneurship across the African continent, and also to boost economic prosperity to enable peace and stability in the region.
Ms. Trump on that same day congratulated the Deputy Chairperson on the AU’s leadership in advancing the Women, Peace, and Security agenda and encouraged continued efforts to increase women’s participation, voice, and empowerment in decision-making on security issues.
Ms. Trump raised the two entities’ mutual interest in working together to combat gender-based violence.
To deepen the United States’- African Union Commission partnership, they renewed a commitment to strengthen women’s economic participation and entrepreneurship across the African continent, and to boost economic prosperity — key enablers of peace and stability in the region.
Following the meeting, Ms. Trump and Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey signed a joint communique committing to a partnership to advance women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship across the continent.
The communique signals a key step in W-GDP’s goal of promoting an enabling environment that increases women’s economic empowerment by reducing barriers and enhancing policy, legal, regulatory protections and public and private practices to facilitate women’s participation in the economy.