TAKING THE STEPS (The Conversations): TWC conference pack Report 2016
Our vision came alive on the 10th of February 2015 at the timeless gala night. We envisioned a conference like no other. There were powerful discussions and engagements between delegates and the panelists. A common platform for dialogue was created to give women and men leaders space to paint a common vision about women's perception of the social and economic development and progress of Africa and identify their role on the same.
Our African Women today have become the continents most valuable assets, and are the primary untapped resource factor for growth and development of Africa. This is further reinforced by the trend of activities of today's woman, who have involved themselves in a myriad of activities within many fields like academia,research, and development, innovation, politics and governance. In-arguably the status quo is much better today than it was years ago. Therefore, these women represent a huge potential and they possess increasing demand to participate at new levels of growth which will help take the African continent and the world to the next high level of fulfillment, sustained progress and growth.
IF YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAM, YOU CAN ACHIEVE WHATEVER YOUR HEART DESIRES. Thankfully today we now have many chances, in our generation, to STEP UP and Take a Seat of our choosing at the Tables of Power and influence. Don't look back; just take a leap of faith and boldly claim what is rightfully yours; knowing that the World has been waiting for you to take your place.
home to a haven of untapped natural resources. We are now discovering more
resources presenting us opportunities for jobs and wealth creations. Africa has
the largest count of minerals and natural resources. More than 50% of the world’s
gold, diamond and chromium, 90% of cobalt, 40 % of the world’s hydroelectric
power, 65 % of manganese, millions of acres of un-tilled land, in addition to
China is Africa’s top trade partner with Sino-African trade
volumes now nearing $200 billion per year. China’s direct
investment in Africa exceeds $50 billion. Just look at the “Forum
on China Africa Cooperation”. Six of the top ten countries with
the largest annual net loss of forested area are in Africa.
Yet Africa is the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped
continent with a continental GDP accounting for just 2.4% of the global GDP. Africa
has approximately 30% of the earth’s remaining mineral resources.
"This group of women represents a huge potential that is on the verge of rising to a new level of participation and growth which will take our Continent and our World to the next high level of fulfillment, sustained progress and development." Hon. Senator Chief - Jewel Taylor
"optimize what you have, take what you love, the passion for what you do, and use it to change the world"
"Remember - You do not take that step because you can. You take the step DESPITE." Nyakan Munyeki,
Outcomes of the dialogue of 2015 have given birth to the development of construction skills and economic opportunities for more than 300 women in the kibera slums one of the largest slums in the world. Possibilities of practical outcomes, strategies, and other transformational ideas were developed to explain methods of bridging gaps and implementation. Now in 2016, it is time to start another dialogue, we have a great reserve of knowledge and information, an abundant outlay of wealth and hidden treasures. All we need to do is take our positions as African leaders, step into action and harness the potential of our people , natural endowments untapped resources and our diversity of skills and expertise to change the continents status into the next frontier.
Women's representation in leadership circles remains marginal across the board and that presents us the challenge of increased need to bring women on-board at the center of Africa economic resources. As we continue to interact together, we are hopeful that you can join Timeless Women as we seek to collaborate for the flourishing future of beautiful Africa. They also form more than half of Africa's population and half of the world's population. They are primary contributors to the economic value chain but are not represented on the decision making process of matters development". While a lot of effort has been made to address this challenge, there is still great need to crack down a model for financing that works for women and also development of financial instruments that are targeted to support women and empower them to take up opportunities. Bearing these issues in mind, more than 80% of the world's wealth lays in the hands of men. Despite statistics, When we speak about opportunities for women to generate wealth, access to finance is one of the major barriers for women.
Women's empowerment cannot happen without the support and good will of men. Men are the key players in the cultural and traditional structure of leadership in Africa. Men also hold most of the leadership positions across all sectors especially the strongest sectors that drive the economy. Most of the world's wealth is in the hands of men - for whatever reasons good or bad, this is the reality. Therefore, in the efforts to empower women socially and economically, men must be partners from the onset. When men perceive the women's movement and empowerment agenda as a threat, they become a barrier but when they are able to understand the benefits of empowering women and how that translates directly or indirectly to their overall well-being and the community, then it is easy for them to become bridges.
Leveraging Media for Social and Economic Impact
Media is one of the largest platforms for change. It can be said that Media is mainly responsible for the state of Africa - the way we see Africa and the way the world sees Africa. It's time to write a new narrative for Africa and take responsibility for the way we see Africa, which will in turn influence how the world sees our great continent.
Media content is a major subject where development is concerned. Our society is a product of what they see and what they hear. It is time to review how we can leverage the media (all the various platforms) to influence action for taking Africa to the next level - economically and socially.
STRATEGY FOR IMPACT - THE SUCCESS STORY
It is said that if you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk with others. What many have feared is failure, so fear of failure has stood between people succeeding and optimizing their potential and dreams. The landscape of Africa has evolved over the years and we are now in a place where we have to take action and harness the potential of his land and its people for posterity. It is time to question the status quo and innovate solutions that will address Africa’s problems.
It is time to develop new strategies that will deliver for the continent. An opportunity to learn from the past and recent successes and failures and step into the future with hope. It’s time to explore the world of possibilities and ask - what if we could ...? Time to listen to what others have done to succeed, what was the journey like? What are some of the new ideas we can embrace to drive growth in every area of our lives and work? What does it take to move to the next level? What is the impact we are looking for? What legacy do you want to leave behind? Let's share and learn.