ADB Commemorates the Women International Day

08/03/2006
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ADB Commemorates the Women International Day

Following the example of the International Community, the African Development Bank (ADB), Wednesday, at the Temporary Relocation Agency, Tunis, commemorated the  International Women’s Day, on the theme «Women in Decision Making ».

On behalf of President Dr Donald Kaberuka, the Vice-President Thierry De Longuemar launched the event with a keynote address which focused on "the importance of the day for the mankind in general and for Africa in particular". "African  women are the future of this continent owing to their permanent struggle for survival and development" said the Mr De Longuemar.  He also pointed out  that President Kaberuka, coincidentally, on the eve of this day, took a historical decision by appointing two female as Vice-Presidents, namely Ms Arunma Oteh, Vice-President for Corporate Management,  and  Mrs. Zeinab El-Bakri, Vice-President for Operations Centre and West. Mr.  Thierry De Longuemar noted also that "in the Bank, all days are women’s days and are dedicated to celebrating women values".

The Vice-President statement was followed on  one hand by the songs of the ADB choir celebrating  women in general and Black woman in particular; and on another hand, by a  message delivered by the Chairman of the Staff Council, Mr. Tah Asongwed who commended the President’s initiative to promote women at the top management level.

The programme of the day comprised two workshops on the theme: «Women in Decision Making » and  one  sensitizing the children of Bank’s staff in particular young girls on careers orientation.

The history of the International women’s day started on 8th March 1910 in Copenhagen with an International Socialist Women Confederation struggling for women’s vote right. The International Women's Day was established by the United Nations on 8th March 1975. It is celebrated each year by the African development bank Group.