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On July 2-3, 2013, African First Ladies from across the continent will gather at the George W. Bush Institute’s African First Ladies Summit, “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa” in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to focus on the important role First Ladies play in promoting women’s education, health and economic empowerment.

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

President and Mrs. Bush will both deliver keynote addresses at the Summit. Participants will also include:

Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
Mrs. Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker, Chair, Global Strategy, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®; U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control
The Honorable Mark Dybul, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Dr. Martin Fisher, Co-Founder and CEO, KickStart International
Dr. Julie Gerberding, President, Merck Vaccines
Ms. Suzanne McCarron, President, ExxonMobil Foundation
The Honorable Leslie Rowe, Ambassador, Office of Global Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
The Honorable Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS, Undersecretary-General of the United Nations

African First Ladies expected to attend include:

Madame Chantal Campaore of Burkina Faso
Madam Roman Tesfaye of Ethiopia
Madam Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza of Mozambique
Madam Penehupifo Pohamba of Namibia
Madam Sia Nyama Koroma of Sierra Leone
Madam Salma Kikwete of Tanzania
Madam Janet Kataaha Museveni of Uganda
Madam Christine Kaseba of Zambia

Panels will include:

  • The Key to Global Growth:  Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through Training and Technology
  • Subsistence to Security:  Providing Opportunities & Improving Agricultural Outcomes for Female Farmers
  • A Life-Saving Collaboration to Combat Cervical & Breast Cancer: Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon
  • Critical Interventions in Education:  Literacy, Access to Education, and Teacher Training  

Advancing women’s economic empowerment, health and education is imperative to development because the inclusion and active participation of women in all areas of society increases stability and prosperity of countries. Investing in women results in better outcomes for entire families, communities and nations.

This event is open to the media and requires credentials acquired in advance. To register for credentials, please submit at www.bushcenter.org/newsroom by Monday, June 24, 2013. To follow the conversation on Twitter, use hashtag #investinwomen.