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CEO Africa Roundtable Has No Women

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Women empowerment should be at the centre of any sustainable development initiative in Africa. TEDSF as a guardian of the SDGs, we are always on the lookout for practices that take us backwards. Last month we successfully pushed for the change of panellists at the #SuitsAndSneakers event which led to two women being included as guest speakers.

Today, we find ourselves having to lobby for an immediate change in the composition of The CEO Africa Roundtable 2019 to be officially opened by the President of Zimbabwe, His Excellence Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Across Africa, women have always played second fiddle to men due to “cultural” reasons. Women have always been seen as property that can bought and used to bear children whilst the men get an education and enter the world of work.

A lot has been done in teaching both women and men of the need to treat everyone equally and not discriminate according to gender and other criteria used to oppress groups of people.

It is sad that in 2019, we still have to force conference organisers to be conscious of the gender imbalance still prevalent on the continent. How does one explain a panel of 17 men and not even one woman billed to speak at a huge conference like this one?

Is there a scarcity of women business leaders, CEOs or subject-matter experts? If this is truly an Africa continent, what efforts have the organisers made to make sure that they tap into the female wealth across the 54 countries?

We strongly condemn the irresponsible behaviour of the organisers and firmly ask them to find women speakers to include on their panels as soon as possible.

If they do not adhere to this request, we are asking the male panels who value women dignity to boycott the conference. We cannot be talking about basic things like this in 2019. We are glad that Allon Raiz who was on the #SuitsAndSneakers event and was supportive women inclusion on their panel is also on this panel. We hope he will push for equality again.

To call the organisers for a quick change please use (+263) 242 746  476 and  (+263)  242 746 498 and email – info@ceoart.org

We call upon the following speakers who are billed to speak at the conference to support women’s rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

 

  • President Emmerson Mnangagwa
  • Busisa Moyo
  • Dr Kandah Kolleh Yumkella
  • J.M. Busha
  • Dr. Sydney Mukonoweshuro
  • Dr. Vimbayi Chakanetsa
  • Dr Munashe Furusa
  • Prof Victor Muzvidziwa
  • Never Ncube
  • Allon Raiz
  • Norman Moyo
  • Hon Mthuli Ncube
  • Hon Perence Shiri
  • Hon N.M. Ndhlovu
  • Hon Tendai Biti
  • Hon Prof Murwira
  • Hon Joseph Mudenda

 

 

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Women empowerment should be at the centre of any sustainable development initiative in Africa. TEDSF as a guardian of the SDGs, we are always on the lookout for practices that take us backwards. Last month we successfully pushed for the change of panellists at the #SuitsAndSneakers event which led to…
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Edzai Conilias Zvobwo is passionate about empowering Africans through mathematics, problem-solving techniques and media. As such, he founded MathsGee. Through this organisation, he has helped create an ecosystem for disseminating information, training, and supporting STEM education to all African people. A maths evangelist who teaches mathematical thinking as a life skill, Edzai’s quest has seen him being named the SABC Ambassador for STEM; he has been invited to address Fortune 500 C-suite executives at the Mobile 360 North America; was nominated to represent Southern Africa at the inaugural United Nations Youth Skills Day in New York; was invited to be a contributor to the World Bank Group Youth Summit in 2016; has won the 2014 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development award for his contribution to women’s empowerment in education; and has partnered with local and global firms in STEM interventions.

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