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Women’s Empowerment in Africa: 2021 Mandela Washington Fellows Working to Reduce Gender Inequality

2021 Alumnus Simon Wanjiru works with a member of his community in Kenya on agricultural projects.

If women’s empowerment entails having access to power, making decisions about one’s life, and having control over resources, Africa has made tremendous progress. For example, Africa leads the world when it comes to women’s participation and representation in politics. Women make up 61 percent of Rwanda’s parliament, Namibia (46%), South Africa (43%), and Senegal (42%). At 27 percent, Africa is also home to the highest number of women entrepreneurs. However, despite these numbers, there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in Africa…

Learn more about how 2021 Alumni Viola Sang and Simon Wanjiru of Kenya and Atija Assane of Mozambique are helping reduce gender inequality in their communities in this blog post from the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University.