The Chargé opened the program which brought together 45 female participants including NGO leaders, civil servants, IVLP, YALI and SUSI alumni, 2015 YALI nominees and female university students. Citing the many USG programs designed to inspire and prepare girls and women, he stressed the importance of nurturing leadership skills in them so that they may fully participate in Chad’s development. Three panelists — including the Director of the American Language Center who administers Post’s Access program, Post’s FY15 AWEP nominee, and a 2014 YALI alumna — spoke about the importance of education, entrepreneurship and equal rights for women and girls.
A lively discussion moderated by Post’s Economic and Commercial Officer enabled the participants to pinpoint the numerous problems preventing Chadian women from fully participating in their country’s development. The participants concluded that Chadian women should not complain about their condition, but must stand up and fight for their rights with the support of partners such as the U.S. Embassy. All thanked the Embassy for giving them the opportunity to share their experiences about their common situation, and expressed the hope that such programs be organized more often in the future. The PAO assured the participants of the Mission’s commitment to continue to support Chadian women in their achieving their goals.