As I struggle to come to terms with the current state of gender politics in my own country, I am looking to Africa for inspiration, where many countries are actually making steps to bring women into positions of public leadership. Seven African countries make the top twenty of Inter-Parliamentary Union’s statistical rankings on the percentage… Continue reading My Year with Four Female African Presidents: Learning by Example from #Africanwomenleaders Promoting #GenderEquality
Just a few days ago, USC’s African Global Economic and Development Summit announced that it lost 100 attendees from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa — 100% of its African registrants — due to refusal of visas. In other words: a summit about development in Africa had no Africans in attendance because… Continue reading #Resist Xenophobia: How We Can Make the US More Inclusive to Africans
Dear Dakar, It’s been three months since I left, and boy do I miss you! I miss your ocean breeze while enjoying a drink at Chez Abdou, the wahale every time to get into a taxi, then the following conversations about our favorite kind of thiep, hearing funana, mbalakh , kuduro and of course the… Continue reading A thank you note to #Dakar!
It's that time again when Americans from all socio political backgrounds go to the voting stations to elect the person they believe will drive significant change in our country. But what many of us don’t necessarily realize is that the next American president has the chance to pave not only the future of the United… Continue reading Why the #USelections are also Africa’s (and the world’s)
Internet penetration is rapidly growing in Africa, particularly in countries such as Nigeria , Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, and Morocco. People recognize it as an entry way to the world, where anyone can publish something, whether it be a thought provoking article or a new cultural statement, and possibly have instant fame. In professional office… Continue reading Linking In to Economic Opportunities in #Africa
Comme les décideurs discutent de l'avenir du développement après une fois que les objectifs de développement du Millénaire expirent courant de l'année, l'un des grands sujets autour de l'éducation est la qualité. Comment pouvons-nous rendre l'éducation pertinente pour tout le monde En Afrique, les systèmes éducatifs formels ont été mis en place pendant la colonisation et principalement destinées à l'élite. Lorsque les pays sont devenus indépendants, ils… Continue reading Fournir une #éducation de qualité: pas toujours dans la salle de classe!
Growing up, I had little contact with anything related to the African continent. In public school, we were taught Asian, Latin American, European, and American history, but nothing significant about African history. I couldn’t have told you how many countries there were, or how many languages/ethnicities exist on the vast continent. I never had an… Continue reading Growing pains: Confronting American misconceptions of “Africa”