PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday said Africa would have long been industrialised if men emulated women in not being wasteful with resources. He said while women worried more about taking their children to school, most African men were preoccupied with buying flashy cars and fancy suits.
Contributing to the discussion at the Comesa Summit, President Mugabe said African women were good at organising themselves into groups to form small to medium-scale enterprises.
“While it’s true that there is extravagance in Africa in utilising resources, it’s the male species that is extravagant.
“Females are absolutely careful. If they (women) were men, we would have long industrialised,” said the President to applause from the delegates.
He said during drought and economic challenges “women always make sure they provide for their families, but men are different”.
President Mugabe said he would have been disappointed if the summit, whose theme is “Enhancing Intra-Comesa Trade Through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development” ended without discussing ways to assist women technically and financially to uplift their businesses.
He said the summit should find ways of linking up women who would have formed small to medium-scale enterprises with big businesses and ensure their finances were safe.
“We men are very bad. We buy Mercedes Benz, suits, shining portfolios and compete to see who has the most recent model of a car. Women don’t speak that language. They ask themselves, are my children going to school?”
Africa has two major leadership problems: firstly, its leadership is fragmented. And secondly, its leaders are stagnating. We need a bold new vision that will integrate the continent and engage the new generation in building its future.
“We are angry, we are restless. We are sick and tired of mediocrity and corruption. We want to make our future. Can our leaders make way for us? Can we have a meaningful dialogue without being lectured about the liberation struggles of the past?”
This was the popular refrain among the over 400 youth leaders who met at the Mo Ibrahim Annual Conference in Dakar, Senegal, over the last few days – where they discussed the rather charged topic “African Youth: Fulfilling the Potential”.
Today, half of the population of Africa is under 20. By 2035 the African labour force will be bigger than China, and by 2050 a quarter the global workforce will be African. At that time, nearly half the global youth population will be African. How do we ensure that Africa benefits from this demographic dividend? How do we ensure that African youth compete at a global level through their sheer numbers?
Photographer Dina Goldstein’s series “Fallen Princesses“ has actually been around since 2009 but I had never posted the photographs as a complete set before. The project looks at Disney fairy tale princesses and their harshly realistic modern day lifestyles. Seems not everybody lives happily ever after. This project has won several awards, been published internationally in magazines, analyzed by experts in the field of Fairytale literature and studied in High schools and Universities.
- Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
Founder of a free school for slum children Rajesh Kumar Sharma, second from right, and Laxmi Chandra, right, write on black boards, painted on a building wall, at a free school run under a metro bridge in New Delhi, India. At least 30 children living in the nearby slums have been receiving free education from this school for the last three years.
I fell in love.
More like tip toed
Cause I bared every part of Me and asked,
Do you still want Me?
and He did.
I smiled, scrunched my nose, and doubted.
Then I went deeper.
I said aloud to Him things only His ears have heard.
And He said I got your back we riding till the end.
I glanced, I smiled, and stood quiet.
Until I realized He was the only one who knew Me,
I got jealous.
He had others. So I went deeper until I was His complete focus.
He has the scars of intimacy, the pain of tears, and the bruises of compassion.
I fell in love and it’s the sweetest thing I know.
Tell your daughters they are beautiful, so the first time they hear it, it’s not from a man with no intention of loving her.