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Elizabeth Maloba on the Empowerment of Women in Africa

In an inspiring interview for the BMW Foundation, the GDL member Elizabeth S. Maloba talks about gender equality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

Elizabeth is part of a group of dynamic change makers who came together in the Gender Alliance to discuss gender-related topics, such as women and minority representation, in a safe and creative environment. It is a community for making contacts and sharing ideas, providing a space for constructive discussions, where participants aim to support each other’s personal projects.

In the interview, Elizabeth reflects on her broad range of experiences in several African countries by taking a critical look at her own past with regard to gender blindness. She shares her vision of an equal world free of pervasive stereotypes and ends with a powerful statement: “When it comes to gender inclusion, focus on making people feel included, accepted, enabled to contribute, and safe.”

If you want to learn more about the Gender Alliance, its members and their activities, you can read their manifesto here.

Do not miss the chance to participate in the Gender Alliance Summit, taking place online from August 26 to 28, 2020. If you are a member of one of the participating networks you can sign-up for one or more of the six interactive sessions here.

Published on August 24, 2020.

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Elizabeth Maloba

Elizabeth has twenty years’ experience in addressing complex challenges. She works in cross-sectoral, trans-professional, multi-stakeholder settings, providing support in problem solving and decision making processes and facilitating learning and the exchange of ideas and information. She has extensive experience in international cooperation, development cooperation, and private sector development.

Elizabeth is active in cross-cultural groups, from grassroots level to global platforms, assisting in the professional development of leaders and the formation of, teams, policies, strategies, plans, and business models that contribute to addressing development challenges. She brings skills in capacity building, knowledge management, facilitation, conflict resolution and management, as well as experience as an entrepreneur gained through a wide variety of assignments. She lives in Nairobi, works across the world, and speaks English, Swahili, German and French.


Find out more about her engagement here and in this interview. Furthermore, Elizabeth reflected on inclusion here.

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