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Public Invited to Attend Presentation by Former First Lady of Ghana

Thunderbird School of Global Management invites the public to a special presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. by Ghana’s former first lady and current women’s empowerment activist, Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings. Mrs. Rawlings will present on the topic of “Development, Politics and National Government: The Impact on African Women.”

For three decades, Mrs. Rawlings has been at the forefront of women’s empowerment. During her tenure as Ghana’s First Lady from 1981 – 2001, she crisscrossed the globe raising a new level of awareness on gender issues in Africa. Now, she is Executive President of the 31st December Women’s Movement (31stDWM) – a grassroots NGO that empowers women economically, politically, socially and culturally.

Under her leadership, the 31stDWM established a membership of more than 2 million women over the age of 18 who are engaged in income-generating activities that supplement their household income and contribute to the sustainable development of their communities. The movement has also constructed over 1,000 early childhood development centers in Ghana through funding from the donor community, international organizations and also through local community initiatives.

Mrs. Rawlings has successfully formulated and influenced legislative policies against human rights abuses such astrokosi (female sexual slavery), child marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM) that have historically and traditionally subjugated women in Ghana. These efforts culminated in the creation of the Interstate Succession law 111 and Family Accountability law 112. In 2011, she made history by becoming the first woman to contest for the presidential candidature of a political party in Ghana. Mrs. Rawlings is considered one of Africa’s most socially progressive and influential female politicians and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Lincoln University (USA) for her achievements towards the economic advancement and empowerment of women internationally.

 To read Mrs. Rawlings full bio, click here.


Presentation Details:

Topic: “Development, Politics and National Government: The Impact on African Women”

Speaker: Her Excellency Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Where: Thunderbird School of Global Management, Herberger Administration Building, AT&T Auditorium (Map)

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Admission: FREE


 Media Contact:

 Virginia Mungovan



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