African First Ladies Fellowship Program in the News


RAND African First Ladies Initiative Fosters Leadership among Political Wives — Sep. 26, 2011
Emily Wax, Washington Post
Questions of leadership, visibility, advocacy, and family roles "provide the unofficial syllabus for the RAND African First Ladies Initiative, a program that hopes to foster leadership among the wives of African heads of state. The program — which is seen as especially valuable on a continent struggling to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for maternal mortality and girls’ education — is designed to help participants get the tools they need to become agents of change in their home countries."

U.K.'s Cherie Blair Shares Words of Advice — Sep. 23, 2011
Tell Me More (NPR)
The wife of former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair is helping African first ladies and their staff become stronger advocates for change. She spoke with Michel Martin about this work, the challenges and relationships she's had with the media, and what it takes to be an effective first lady.

First Ladies of Africa Partner with RAND, U.S. Dept. of State and Corporate Council on Africa to Advance Women's Leadership and Economic Empowerment in Africa — Sep. 23, 2011
Nearly a dozen current and former first ladies joined RAND, the United States Department of State's African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) to highlight and promote women's leadership and economic empowerment across Africa.

The School for Africa’s First Ladies — Sep. 12, 2011
Rebecca Knight, Financial Times
Bess Truman once famously quipped that her job as first lady entailed little more than sitting “quietly on the podium next to her husband” and making sure “her hat was on straight”. Times are different, of course, and while the position of first lady comes with no pay and no official responsibilities in most countries, a new fellowship programme developed by the Rand Corporation, the non-for-profit research organisation, is trying to change that.

Leading the Charge — May 1, 2011
TUNZA Magazine, UNEP
‘First Ladies are well placed to lead the charge to improve the status of women and to bring about significant change,’ says AFLI director Cora Neumann in an article focused on environmental awareness in Africa. The article is on page 6.

First Ladies of Africa Take Page Out of U.S. Book — Oct. 5, 2010
Kim Ghattas, BBC News
While first ladies can be instrumental in bringing much needed change on social issues like infant mortality or education, they are often not able to realize their full potential because of a variety of challenges. In Africa in particular, the wives of leaders could make a real difference.

Africa's First Ladies Learn to Be More Politically Engaged — Oct. 1, 2010
Kim Ghattas, The Takeaway (BBC/PRI)
First ladies from more than a dozen African countries are taking part in a two-year program to help them address challenges facing their countries.

U.S. Officials Pay Tribute to First Lady's Charity Work — Sep. 30, 2010
Times of Zambia
Former United States of America president George W Bush's aide, Anita McBride, has praised Zambian First Lady Thandiwe Banda for her decision not to form a foundation and instead work with already-existing non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

RAND Launches Effort to Support First Ladies in Africa — Sep. 28, 2010
The Pardee RAND Graduate School has created an African first ladies fellowship program and will work together with Women's Campaign International to strengthen the capacity of Africa's first ladies and their offices to address health and social problems across Africa.

African First Ladies Fellowship to Strengthen Leadership on Health and Social Ills — Sep. 28, 2010
Rear Adm. (ret) Tim Ziemer, USAID Impact
Blog post by Rear Adm. (ret) Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, who participated in the first RAND African First Ladies Fellowship Program

African First Ladies Club — Sep. 26, 2010
Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times
A new initiative has attracted first ladies from Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and 10 other African nations for a two-year programme to help them address challenges such as Aids, child health and education in their countries.

African First Ladies Meet Former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush and Discuss PRGS Fellowship — Sep. 22, 2010
The first ladies of three African nations—Lesotho, Namibia, and Sierra Leone—met with former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush on the sidelines of the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative forum. They discussed various efforts to support the work of the African first ladies, including a new RAND Corporation African First Ladies Fellowship.

First Lady of Sierra Leone Thanks RAND in Her Global Health Keynote at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting — Sep. 21, 2010
Accompanying her husband to the 65th UN General Assembly in New York, First Lady Madam Sia Nyama Koroma gave a keynote address at the Clinton Global Initiative "Global Health" meeting. She spoke of how global health transcends properties and concerns of national borders and said that in order to achieve good health, there is an urgent need to scale up evidence-based research, reduce disparities, and increase the protection of children's survival. Mrs. Koroma applauded the efforts of the RAND Corporation.

First Ladies of Africa Take Action — Sep. 21, 2010
Gail Sheehy, The Daily Beast
Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee proposed the idea of a First Ladies of Africa Summit at the Women in the World conference last year. It is finally happening! Gail Sheehy on a new political partnership.


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