The Bush Institute’s First Ladies Initiative engages and supports First Ladies from around the world to effectively use their unique platforms by:

  • Partnering with First Ladies to build a robust network of women working to advance education, good health and economic opportunity for women and children worldwide
  • Preparing the First Ladies’ senior advisors and staff with training sessions on effective governance, strategic planning, communication and more
  • Providing the relevant tools to establish effective First Ladies’ offices and to identify the most critical policy initiatives and areas of advocacy for each First Lady
  • Fostering public-private partnerships for First Ladies by connecting them with funding partners, corporations and NGOs

African First Ladies Summit: Investing in Women

On July 2-3, 2013, the Bush Institute hosted the African First Ladies Summit, “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa,” in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

With support from ExxonMobil, the summit brought together African First Ladies, government officials, private organizations, NGOs and academics to discuss best practices that can reap sustainable, replicable results, benefit women and strengthen society.

Many African countries are committed to introducing critical interventions in education, health and economic opportunity led by First Ladies that will benefit women and strengthen society. Investing in women results in better outcomes for entire families, communities and nations.

Featuring keynote addresses by President and Mrs. Bush, the summit included First Lady announcements and commitments and the opportunity to learn from experts in the fields of education, health and economic empowerment. 

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