Champion
Clementine Nkweta-Salami
Regional Director for the East, Horn and Great Lakes Regions of Africa, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Clementine Nkweta-Salami

While it is heartening to see more women occupy positions of influence in African Governments, systemic societal gender inequality remains deeply entrenched. 52 million African girls and young women are still missing the chance to go to school. Protection and solutions for millions of refugees, asylum seekers, stateless and internally displaced women and girls on the continent cannot be attained by merely setting aspirational goals, I call for profound transformational change to equip all African women and girls in the area of education, livelihoods and resilience so that they can fully play their role as peacemakers and nation builders.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • I commit to champion gender equality and access to scholarships for refugee girls in higher education in the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region from 2020 to 2024.

  • I commit to create and support a network to mentor women leaders for UNHCR in the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region from 2020 to 2024.