The President of Liberia has urged women in Africa to take control of their own destiny. The rallying call from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the only female head of state in Africa, coincides with International Women’s Day and the start of the second joint summit between Spain and Africa dedicated to furthering women’s issues.
Some 300 delegates from all walks of life will discuss ways to tackle inequality.
“First of all, we need to invest in education, because with access to knowledge it is possible for someone to make options,” said Luisa Diogo, the Prime Minister of Mozambique.
But it is clear there is a long way to go. UN figures suggest that while women comprise 51 percent of the world’s population, they shoulder 66 percent of the work, receive 10 percent of the income and own less than one percent of property.