African Women as Pillars of Resilience

The third in our series of African Women as Pillars of Resilience public webinars took place on 16 November 2020. The focus of this webinar, conducted in both English and French, was “Mitigating the Economic Impacts of the Pandemic on African Women.” Read a recap of this webinar on the YDN here

The year 2020, marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, was intended to be ground-breaking for gender equality. Instead, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, even the limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back. The pandemic deepens pre-existing inequalities and exposes vulnerabilities in social, political, and economic systems. In Africa, compounded economic impacts are felt especially by women and girls who generally earn less, save less, and hold less secure jobs.


The event featured the following participants:

Stephanie Busari – Moderator, Journalist and Editor, CNN Worldwide
Martha Karua, former Minister of Justice, MP, and presidential candidate (Kenya)
Maria Kiwanuka, Senior Presidential Adviser, Finance (Uganda)

Visit the Yale and Africa website for more information:

sponsors of the event

To watch the most recent webinar “Mitigating the Economic Impacts of the Pandemic on African Women ” visit our YouTube channel or click below.

To watch the second webinar “Securing the Wellbeing of Women and Girls in the Age of COVID-19” visit our YouTube channel or click below.

To watch the first webinar in the African Women as Pillars of Resilience series, ”Women Leading in Times of Crisis,” visit our YouTube channel or click below:


For more information please contact Leslie Powell, Yale Office of International Affairs: