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The Men Who Care About Gender Equality
Yes. My wife. She's a trailblazer, fearless in the face of challenges, and she has become a powerful force in the investment world.
I like how Bill and Melinda Gates have co-led the Gates Foundation. I think their partnership, respect and shared vision are a model for how couples who are trying to change the world can and should work together.
Half the population is female. Half the market is female. Half the workforce is female. Is half the company's leadership female? If not - huge opportunity.
My grandmother. She embodies the spirit of being selfless and has dedicated her life to taking care of others: from simple acts such as remembering and celebrating meaningful dates to fostering children.
Since hearing about Malala Yousafzai's story, I have always looked up to her and admired her courage and persistence. At such a young age, she has been able to make such meaningful change, in spite of the significant trauma she has been through.
It's a well-documented fact that organizations with strong female representation at the senior management and board-level outperform their male counterparts. I believe SMEs in East Africa have a significant opportunity to scale and become world-class companies simply by focusing on execution and becoming gender-smart and even leapfrog western economies in terms of female representation and management participation.
Abebech, my mother, for me is everything that you wish a human to be; well respected by her coworkers, friends and family because of the spirit and joy she creates in everything she does. She is a true role model for her children and the entire family.
Taytu Betul(ጣይቱ ብጡል) the queen of Ethiopia and wife of emperor Menlik, who was not overshadowed by her husband and is behind some of the great things that took place in Ethiopia: from leading an army of her own and winning critical battles to establishing historical cities like Addis Ababa.
As humans, what makes us powerful is our diversity and what we all bring to the table. Those who win the competition are those who recognize that women are at the core of it all and should be represented if one chooses to stand out from competition irrespective of the size of the company, SMEs included.
Yes. I look up to my late paternal grandmother, Stella. She sacrificed her opportunity to receive an education and instead single handedly put her kids, siblings, and other close relatives through school in the late 50s when the African society frowned upon women getting a formal education.
Mrs. Patience Mutesi Gatera, Rwanda Country Director; Trademark East Africa. She has blazed a path for women entrepreneurs in Rwanda. She has given several inspiring talks and interviews in the areas of finance and entrepreneurship.
Uganda and Rwanda have taken significant strides towards creating gender-balanced systems which have helped maximize efficiency in fields of management, sales, HR and finance. In Rwanda, women make up 52% of the cabinet. Uganda leads Africa in countries that have a high number of women-owned enterprises as a percentage of total business owners. Hopefully, this will set a precedent for other countries to create gender-balanced management teams as a way of promoting financial inclusion.