Tanzanian Elizabeth Swai is one of the finalists in the Individual Award for Drivers of Change. Her business, AKM Glitter Company, specialises in poultry farming and has a number of hatcheries that provide day-old chicks and fresh eggs to market. Her work has played a pivotal role in creating a network of more than 100 farmer groups and she is an inspiration to others, having overcome great odds to get to where she is today.
Africa’s natural resources have been the bedrock of the continent’s economy and continue to represent a significant development opportunity for her people. In 2012, natural resources accounted for 77% of total exports and 42% of government revenues.
The Graça Machel Trust works across the continent on three issues: women’s rights, children’s rights, and governance and leadership. Our mission is to amplify women’s movements, influence governance, and promote women’s contributions and leadership in the economic, social, and political development of Africa; and advocate for the protection of children’s rights and dignity.
This year, as students return to school, we should think about young people as individuals, rather than as issues. For any individual woman to gain equal opportunity, what would she need as a girl?
DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka FORMER South African First Lady Graca Machel is impressed with Zambia’s progress in addressing issues relating to maternal mortality.