, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – South Africa’s former First Lady Graca Machel is due in Kenya for a weeklong tour in efforts to promote women’s economic empowerment across different sectors, including agriculture, business and trade, and financial services.
Graca, the New Faces New Voices Founder and Patron is due in Nairobi on February 27 and will depart on March 6.
She is expected to meet key government officials including the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru.
“We are excited to be hosting our Patron Graca Machel. It is a testimony to the fact that Kenya has made great strides in matters of inclusion through policy at both the public and private sector levels,” New Faces New Voices, Country Director Andia Chakava noted.
“There is a considerable amount of work yet to be done, especially in the area of gender, and we therefore look forward to aligning efforts and leveraging Mama Machel’s global reach to amplify the opportunities present,” Chakava noted.
During her visit, she will take part in a series of events including a civil society forum themed “Beyond the Barriers” hosted by the Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness (CREAW).
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) will also convene the chairpersons of the NSE listed companies in conjunction with the NSE Leadership and Diversity Dialogue that is sponsored by Barclays.
During the event, New Faces New Voices will recognise the top-performing corporate boards listed on the bourse.
New Faces New Voices is also partnering with Riara University to hold a session for students and Strathmore University to host an Agribusiness Summit for Women sponsored by CfC Stanbic Bank.
Finally, with the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association (FEWA), a special dinner for entrepreneurs is planned, where the conversation will focus on growth opportunities, access to capital and expanding markets.
Graca is a social and political activist, who over many decades has championed women’s economic advancement in Africa.