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WELCOMING REMARKS FROM OUR AFRICA HUB LEADER

WELCOMING REMARKS FROM OUR AFRICA HUB LEADER

My name is Farah Kanbi; I am a 26-years old Tunisian human rights advocate and activist. I have always been interested in politics, international relations, and human rights. Where I lived as a kid, in an inland area in Tunisia, women rarely take leadership positions or are represented in elections. I used to walk next to the murals where they put the list of candidates for the presidential and parliamentary elections and wondered why have I never seen a woman’s picture among the pictures of these old men. Ever since my goal was to empower women and support them to take part in the political sphere and be equal to men in terms of representation.

I believe that the under-representation of women in politics and civil society constitutes a democratic deficit and undermines all the successes these “democratic” countries have achieved. Female representation in politics goes beyond a quota; women are not a minority. I strongly believe that the future is female. The positive impact of women in politics is undeniable and states are wasting precious potential by eliminating women from leadership positions.

Kofi Annan once said, “study after study has taught us, that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity or to reduce child and maternal mortality…No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation.”

We should all join efforts, especially young women, to fight for our rights and equal representation. I believe in women and youth to lead change and make the world a better place for future generations. It all starts with a single step to combine our efforts and advocate for a world in which men and women are equal.

If there is the will there is a way!