JOHANNESBURG - African women are due to tell the World Humanitarian Forum in London later this month about development challenges particularly in education on the continent and share their views on female empowerment.
The April 17-18 forum will be held against the background of over 67 million children being out of school globally, 43 percent of them in Africa. Research shows that 10 million children drop out of primary school in sub Saharan Africa every year.
“Educating every child and empowering young girls and women are necessary steps if we want to meet our SDG goals," World Humanitarian Forum CEO Feraye Ozfescioglu said in a statement, referring to the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030.
"The education challenge that Africa is facing is staggering. There are a multitude of reasons to explain why these children are not in schools – lack of facilities, culture, the need earn to help family and so on, but sometimes simple measures can make a huge difference."
"We are bringing together role models, experts in the field and people working on the coal face to interact and share ideas," Ozfescioglu added.