Week 6: Women and leadership in Africa

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Background
When it comes to competencies that are relevant for holding leadership roles in various sectors of an economy, most people do not distinguish between men and women though we may see clear strengths over each other in some key areas. In fact, in most studies, women seem to score higher marks for leadership skills than men. However, a disturbing evidence is that the percentage of women in top leadership positions in areas such as politics, academics and research, and corporations remain constant in the last two decades in both the Global North and Global South. In this episode, we discuss what key barriers African women face when seeking leadership roles and highlight how some women in Africa have broken through including showing their contributions. Finally, we explore how to improve leadership opportunities for women.

Host: Mr. Evans Appiah Kissi (Doctoral Researcher at the University of Kassel, Germany)

Panel: Mrs. Akosuah Gyimah (Social and human rights advocate, Canada), Mrs. Yoyo Poku (Contract manager, MTA Department of Buses Paratransit, New York, USA), Ms. Regina Fidelia A. Lassey (Doctoral researcher in Management-HRM at Walden University, USA) and Ing. Araba Amo-Aidoo (Doctoral Researcher in Agricultural Engineering at University of Kassel, Germany)

SOURCE: CEBSAR_AFRICA

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