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03.10.2017 - ODG

Setting ground for cooperation with Women for Africa Foundation

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On 2 October 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, signed a Letter of Cooperation with Ms María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, former Deputy Prime Minister of Spain and founder of the Fundación Mujeres por Africa, a private entity created in February 2012 that aims to promote women’s empowerment and leadership in Africa.

This Letter of Cooperation sets the ground for cooperation on initiatives in the areas of education, scientific research and women’s leadership, with a focus on empowerment and the sharing of innovative approaches. The Foundation is directly aligned with UNESCO’s two global priorities, Africa and Gender Equality.

The Foundation’s Advisory Board includes the President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; the Vice President of the Gambia Isatou Njie-Saidy and the first president of the Pan-African Parliament, Gertrude Mongella, among others.

The Director-General thanked Ms de la Vega for her initiative, which builds on a longstanding commitment to advance gender equality.

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