On August 5 in Nairobi, Kenya, Secretary Clinton spoke at the 8th Forum of the African Growth and Opportunity Act to kick off her 11-day trip to seven different African nations. She underscored that the future of Africa's women is of economic and strategic importance to the continent as well as the United States.
The Secretary said, "The social, political and economic marginalization of women across Africa has left a void in this continent that undermines progress and prosperity every day. Yet we know across Africa women are doing the work of a whole continent – gathering firewood, hauling water, washing clothes, preparing meals, raising children, in the fields planting and harvesting, and when given the opportunity of economic empowerment, transforming communities and local economies ... It is not only a moral imperative; it is an economic one as well. Everywhere I go, I see the hard work and the progress that women can make if unleashed, if given just a chance.”
What can be done to empower women in Africa?