Businesswomen from Fuerteventura and Western Africa agree on the importance of feminine leadership to transform Africa
The empowerment of women and their business leadership abilities have a decisive role in the transformation of the African continent. This is what the speakers of the event called “100 women to change Western Africa” (100 Mujeres para Cambiar el África Occidental), confirmed, in November. This encounter gathered women from Fuerteventura, Cape Verde, Senegal and Mauritania, within the context of the AFRIMAC 2 project, from the unit of Planning and Strategic Projects of Fuerteventura's Cabildo. At the beginning of the event, the Cabildo's Deputy President, Lola García, defined this encounter as an “ideal forum where business women can share their experiences related to their daily business life, their business mentality and abilities, enabling them to grow together”. During the inauguration, the businesswoman and president of the Association of Mauritanian Women, DIMBE, Adama Touré, confirmed that “women's empowerment is very important to eradicate some disastrous practices that are harmful to women and girls such as feminine genital mutilation”. Mrs Touré expressed her thanks for the innovative training organised by AFRIMAC 2, in collaboration with DIMBE “which took place in Fuerteventura to look after women who survived feminine genital mutilation, and that will also take place in Mauritania”. Furthermore, the president of the Association of Businesswomen from the Canaries (Asociación de Mujeres Empresarias de Canarias - ASEME), Lidia Monzón, pointed out that “feminine empowerment is very important nowadays and it is essential for us to share our abilities to start creating synergies that will take us to the world that we all dream of”. “This is whybusinesswomen of the Canaries must sharetheir values and at the same time, we can learn from the knowledge of African women”.