Unspoken Rules for Women Working in Public Service in Africa
The first pan-African virtual training workshop for women early in their government careers. The training session was free to any woman in any of the fifty-four countries in Africa, and was convened by Africa.com and Coca-Cola Africa as part of the Women Heads of State Initiative.
The workshop was formatted into four segments:
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila presented Opening Remarks to offer advice for civil servants.
Moderated by Oxford Professor Christopher Stone on Advancing a Culture of Integrity, featured Ms Tejumola Abisoye, Ms Abena Annobea Asare, Ms Amani Rabei, and Ms Rose Wachuka.
Ms Patricia Obozuwa, Coca-Cola Vice President for Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability in Africa, on How to Kick Start Your Career in Public Service.
Gorick Ng, Career Counselor at Harvard University, presented an interactive session on How to Stand Out as a Public Servant and featured Ms Elizabeth Obeng-Yeboah, Dr Yakama Manty Jones, Ms Nomtandazo Thandi Moyo, Ms Gloria Zayzay Dole, and Ms Christine Tenneh Dono.
According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Report on Public Service in Africa, the average age of a public servant is around 41 years of age, with about 15 years of service in the same agency. The report noted that opportunities for mobility in public service are limited.