LMG Publication Features Interviews with African Women Leaders

LMG Publication Features Interviews with African Women Leaders

 {Photo credit: Warren Zelman.}Health worker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Photo credit: Warren Zelman.

Documenting and sharing the perspectives of women leaders is an effective way of amplifying the collective voices of women to bring about change. Women often do not have a platform to tell their stories. These stories are personal and resonate with those of other women who aspire to leadership positions. The Leadership, Management & Governance (LMG) Project has captured some of these stories in our newest publication, "An Open Mind and a Hard Back: Conversations with African Women Leaders." 

This publication seeks to provide insights on ways women lead and govern, and the qualities and characteristics they have as leaders. It is a summary of interviews conducted with over a dozen women leaders working across the fields of government, health, law, and social reform in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zambia. The interviews took place from January to March 2013.

An Open Mind and a Hard Back is a joint publication by Management Sciences for Health and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) as part of a series of publications and toolkits on leadership, management, and governance within the health sector.

We hope that this publication encourages women leaders to continue to voice their perspectives, and to inspire a critical mass of new women leaders who can influence the agenda for peace, development, and prosperity in sub-Saharan Africa.

[My priority is] a world where no woman or young girl suffers abuse simply because of her gender. A world where no woman dies in childbirth because those in decision-making positions have not accorded women’s health the attention it deserves...

I pay special attention to gender matters because being blind to them is tantamount to not being a representative of the people who need to be represented the most...

~ Catherine Namugala, member of parliament in Zambia

See firsthand what these women have to say: "An Open Mind and a Hard Back: Conversations with African Women Leaders."