I am so humble and grateful each time I am spotlighted by one of these organizations. Be it professionally or personally, I work tirelessly for women's empowerment and self-worth. To that end indeed, I will know no peace.
And so, I wish to share with you two of those recent spotlights of which I am proud.
When approached by Megan Cho of the dynamic feminist blog Women Lead, I felt honoured and yet humbled to be spotlighted among other great women. Our interview went thus:
Marie-Angele Abanga, is Regional Manager at the Women in Parliament Global Forum (WIP), an independent, international and non-partisan foundation established with the purpose of advancing society by building a network between Women in Parliaments. Last year, Marie-Angele was also elected Global Community Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment by the Knowledge Gateway.
1. What does ‘women’s economic empowerment’ mean to you and what are you doing today to support women’s economic empowerment?
Women's Economic Empowerment involves the ability to make economic and financial choices, which entails a process of change of all the components of societal structures that shape and reproduce power relations and the subsequent unequal distribution of society’s resources and opportunities . The economic 'stagnation' of women has for all time hastened their dependence on men, consequently their, 'abuse'. This impacts heavily on their own well being, and of course that of their children and hence the well being of the community as a whole. Yet, today, statistics have proven to all extent how much benefit a society reaps when its women are economically empowered. It is for these reasons, that l volunteered mindful of my schedule, to be one of the pioneer Community Champions for the Knowledge Gateway for Women's Economic Empowerment. I sincerely think I did my best and l even chronicled the rally l ran prior to my selection.