Over 2000 delegates, including Heads of State, Development partners, NGOs and academia have attended the opening ceremony of the 4th edition of the Global Gender Summit in Kigali.
This year’s summit in Rwanda is aimed at sharing experiences on how to address challenges that hinder gender equality.
It is the first time the biennial Global Gender Summit was hosted by an African country.
The summit is co-hosted by the African Development Bank Group and the Government of Rwanda with the support of other multilateral development banks. This edition’s theme is “Unpacking constraints to gender equality”.
It attracted different leaders from across the continent including the President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde, former Malawian President Joyce Banda, African Development Bank President (AfDB) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and other high ranking dignitaries.
Rwanda’s First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame, Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat attended the opening ceremony.
President Paul Kagame in his opening remarks said that whenever women are involved in the decision making processes and are fully empowered, the society gains more, pointing out that the fight for gender equality should be common sense for all.
Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame on Monday urged all stakeholders to be more innovative and relentless in their commitments to invest in, and level the field for everyone, especially women and girls.
One of the issues being discussed on the first day is how to reduce the estimated $42 billion financing gap experienced by African women-owned businesses.
Women make up over 40% of African business owners yet only 2% are able to access finance according to a Mckinsey report.