The African First Ladies Summit has ended in the Tanzania Capital of Dar El-Salam, which focuses on effective investment in women that lead to greater stability and prosperity.
The two-day meeting which is under the Theme “Harvesting in Women Strengthening Africa”, is an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute, the former US President’s Public Policy Center, which is working with African First Ladies to improve women’s health, security, welfare, and providing opportunities, and improving agricultural outcomes for female farmers.
Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, was a special guest at this year’s summit, invited by the George W. Bush Institute to work on improving access to education, health services and economic opportunity for women and children across Africa.
Ghana’s Second Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah–Arthur. Ethiopia’s Roman Tesfaye, Mozambique’s, Maria Guebuza, and Sierra Leon’s Sia Nyama Karoma are some of the African First Ladies who attended the summit.
Other First Ladies included – Mrs. Janet Museveni, Mrs.Nompumelelo Zuma, Mrs. Christine Kaseba, Mrs. Chantal Campaore and Mrs. Salma Kikwete of Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Burkina Faso and Tanzania respectively.
The Africa First Ladies Summit work to promote First Ladies to play as architects of change given the power of their voices and high-profile platform that extend far beyond their borders.
The Summit highlighted the critical role such guest play as advocates for women and girls and also serve as examples and models that are working to better the lives of women and girls across the continent.
Dr. (Mrs.) Wiafe Addai is a renowned General Surgeon, Consultant Breast Surgeon, Advocate and Campaigner has for over a decade championed the rights of women and vulnerable groups to quality health care through several initiatives that include awareness creation and education on breast cancer.
The President of Breast Care International (BCI) Ghana, an NGO, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, is among a group of selected distinguished African women who have used their professional callings to champion the welfare of women in their communities.
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe, who was part of a panel discussion the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative to combat breast and cervical cancer, as well as a panel on critical interventions in education and literacy.
Affiliated to several International Organizations working on cancers, the Ghanaian renowned General Surgeon has earned recognition and International Awards for her pioneering role and contribution to issues concerning women and given hope to the destitute.
The summit which also had on its agenda security for women, providing opportunities and improving agricultural outcomes for female farmers.
The Executive Director of Bush Institute, James Glassman, said the Summit gives them opportunity to exchange best practices and harness the power to public private partnerships to further establish significant investment in women.
The Summit which is co-sponsored by the Bush Institute and Exxon Mobil was attended by the US First Lady, Michelle Obama and her predecessor, Laura Bush and Cherie Blair the wife of former British Prime Minister.
Former US President George W. Bush and Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete delivered the inaugural addresses.
The George W. Bush institute advances freedom through education reform, global health, human freedom and economic growth.
In all its programming, the Institute integrates initiatives that empower women and military service personnel. The Bush Institute is the policy arm of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the Presidential Library and Museum, located on the campus of SMU in Dallas.