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African First Ladies Summit & training

In partnership with the George W. Bush Institute, ExxonMobil provided support to convene African First Ladies and relevant ministers, policymakers, funders and practitioners at the Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in July 2012.

The Summit highlighted the critical role First Ladies play as advocates for women and girls and featured models of programs that are working to better the lives of women and girls in Africa.

The Summit included a discussion between First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Laura Bush moderated by Cokie Roberts and remarks by President Bush and President and Mrs. Kikwete of Tanzania.  Attendees included First Ladies from Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia, ministers from Tanzania, Liberia and DRC and U.S. State Department and USAID officials. Sessions focused on women’s entrepreneurship, agricultural innovation through technology, health and education.

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