Isabel dos Santos Highlights the Benefits of Including Youths and Women in Development Policies

Isabel dos Santos is an experienced businesswoman who dominates in most of the productive sectors in Angola. She is the daughter of the late former president of Angola. Having a political background has not given her undue advantage over other business individuals in the country because she has worked herself up to the ladder. By working in a male-dominated world, Isabel has proved herself to be a standout business executive who prevails where other women despair. According to Isabel dos Santos, women and youth are the future of the African continent, and therefore, all energy must be directed towards empowering this demographic. The problem is that women and youth are currently the most vulnerable group in society.

While woman are facing social and community issues which have everything to do with discrimination, youths are languishing with poverty and lack of employment opportunities. Isabel dos says that women make at least 50% of the population in more than 90% of all countries in Africa. This is a significant proportion that can play a vital role in changing the fortunes of the country. However, most of the women are not educated. A considerable number of African women don’t have basic education, which means that they cannot read or write, which puts them out of the equation for productive people in society.

Besides, the traditional aspects of discriminating women and assigning them house duties have not made it easy for the women. Additionally, the small numbers of women who have acquired both basic and tertiary education have been exposed to a male-dominated environment that sees women as people who cannot make sound decisions — Isabel dos Santos has faced these problems despite being an influential business person. Isabel dos Santos indicates that giving women the right education and accepting them in her entrepreneurship skills will not only change the cultural perception towards them but will change the entire world. It is also essential to consider the energetic and vibrant youths who have vision and knowledge to handle most of the challenges facing the business world. Isabel notes that policies should start including youths and women for Africa to change.

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