9.00 – 9.30am OPENING SESSION
• Welcome address from Cecilia Attias, Founder and President, The Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women
• Special Remarks from Silvia Bongo Ondimba, First Lady of Gabon and President of the Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation
9.30 – 10.45am ACTION FOR FEMALE EDUCATION
When young girls have the opportunity to be educated in Africa, they are less likely to be married and pregnant by the time they reach their teenage years. They are three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25 percent more income and have a smaller, healthier family. Where has there been success in increasing equal access to education? What are the barriers? Who are the key players to influence change?
Opening Film Clip: "Educating Africa": A dynamic and inspiring glimpse into education girls in Africa
10.45 – 11.15am Coffee Break
11.15 – 12:30pm ACTION FOR WOMEN'S ACCESS TO BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Women worldwide have a growing presence in businesses, both as executives and owners. African women struggle to access the formal sector, and meanwhile they are often the lifeblood of the informal sector. What can be done to tap into the huge potential for sustainable economic growth possessed by African women? How can the support system and ease of access for female entrepreneurs and business women be improved?
Opening Film Clip: "Women's Business": A flash into the challenges and successes of businesswomen in Africa
12.30 – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.15pm ACTION FOR IMPROVING HEALTH SYSTEMS & MATERNAL CARE
Africa's mothers and caretakers represent well over 50% of the population, bearing the greatest burden of ill health and disease. However, women can also be the greatest agents for change. How can results for improved health care and disease prevention be achieved? What has worked, what hasn't, and how can this be built on?
Opening Film Clip: "Healthy Women": A clip to inspire action for a vivacious and healthy population
3.15 – 3.45pm Coffee Break
3.45 – 5.00pm ACTION FOR WOMEN AS AGENTS OF PEACE
On a continent that suffers from cyclical conflict in all forms, ranging from civil unrest to domestic violence, women continue to serve as agents of peace. What can women do to end the cycle? How can women organize as leaders to promote peace? What are the challenges, and what can be done for women's voices to be heard?
Opening Film Clip: "Agents for Peace": A short showing a woman's capacity for peacemaking
5.00 – 5.45pm CLOSING PANEL: PLAN FOR ACTION
•Summary of the day's accomplishments and the plan for action, Cecilia Attias
•Closing remarks by Silvia Bongo Ondimba
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