African Leaders Strategize to Enhance Women's Safety, Influence
In Johannesburg last week nearly 300 rights advocates and politicians brainstormed for three days about how to make governments in 10 countries of southern Africa friendlier to women. Gender Links, a nongovernmental organization based in Johannesburg, planned the summit with the financial help of donors and partners. The group expected about 120 delegates; 273 showed up. The three-day convention drew women and men who presented practical strategies and programs that have improved women's influence, safety, housing and education.