International Women's Day: Africa50 Celebrates women in the infrastructure space

11 March 2022

Africa50 launched an online campaign to commemorate the celebration and achievements of women around the world, while highlighting exciting stories from some staff members and partners in the infrastructure space. 

Africa50 is committed to gender equality and diversity and its current workforce is made up of 51% women.

The global theme for this year was #BreakTheBias

"The lack of basic infrastructure affects the vulnerable in society, and women are often more impacted given their needs and social roles. Africa50’s mandate is to develop and invest in sustainable infrastructure to drive and accelerate growth for our continent. Taking a gender perspective is important to ensure that projects are inclusive and promote opportunities for women to become meaningful economic players.” - Tshepidi Moremong, Chief Operating Officer, Africa50.

I have helped advance projects that increase energy and digital connectivity access in Africa. I am proud to be part of a company that values diversity and makes a difference on our continent” - Meryem Benhsain, Senior Investment Associate, Africa50.

"Females make up about 50% of the world population. Excluding women excludes millions, their voices, creativity, problem-solving ability and their vast talent. Including women is therefore a key imperative, not a nice to have” - Zurina Saban, General Counsel, Africa50.

“I was the youngest female manager in the organization and in our business, you don't see a lot of women on project sites. I have overcome a lot of challenges, but I have learned to pursue what I love. I enjoy teaching, rather than giving instructions, because I want to support the growth of others.” Randa Kraytem, Project Manager, Melec Power Gen, Malicounda Project, Senegal.

I have seen more women making their mark in the infrastructure industry, like Randa Kraytem, Project Manager of the Malicounda power plant project in Senegal. She leads critical aspects of the development and construction monitoring phases of the project, a role traditionally held by men, and her involvement continues to make a big difference.” Reda Souini, Investment Associate

As part of our ESG policy, we promote gender diversity within the investments we make, to alleviate cultural barriers and support the hiring of women. This helps them to acquire valuable skills to contribute economically to their communities and develop themselves” - Cheikh Mamina Diedhiou, Senior ESG Manager, Africa50.

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