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African First Ladies Summit and training

In partnership with the George W. Bush Institute, ExxonMobil provided support to convene African First Ladies and relevant ministers, policymakers, NGO and business leaders, funders, practitioners and experts at the Investing in Our Future at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. in August 2014, and at the Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in July 2013.

The 2014 Spousal Summit highlighted the critical role First Ladies play as advocates for women and girls and featured key interventions, best practice solutions, and public-private partnerships in girls’ education, women’s health, and economic opportunity that can be adopted and replicated for significant impact.

The 2013 Summit showcased programs that are working to better the lives of women and girls in Africa, and 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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