Today, in Malagasy society where machismo still reigns, many women still suffer from sexism, discrimination and violence in Madagascar. These problems have become real handicaps for the country to get out of poverty.
African women making history: smile, belief and access
Women are mothers. The mothers of nations. African women are the mothers of Africa. Malagasy women are the mothers of Madagascar. Today, in Malagasy society where machismo still reigns, many women still suffer from sexism, discrimination and violence in Madagascar. A woman is the first source of life, power and development in a country. To lift Madagascar out of poverty, its women need to be willing, and conscious of their capacities and abilities. They will then be able to teach their children properly.
According to the last databases of the Indexmundi, in 2017, Madagascar is counting about more than six million women aged from 15 to 64 years old. In this age range, the difference between men and women is little, but Malagasy women are however more numerous than Malagasy men, and in general, women are more numerous than men in the Great Island.
“African women making history”, created in Antananarivo, is both a hand and a voice supporting Malagasy women in their struggles. The focus is to help Malagasy, and also, African women, smile authentically, find confidence again and believe in themselves despite harsh living conditions, including: violence (physical and psychological), rape, sexual harassment, single motherhood and/or sexism in business. These women can catalyze connection, change and growth to wherever they choose to go.
The platform gives also coaching, motivational speeches, leadership training, and offers a project sharing space on their website for any woman who wants to be supported and wants to find inspiration, customers and partners.
“First of all, we want to be an example of young women taking initiative for something they believe in, to bring a change in the country. Then, we want to help any Malagasy women to believe and success by themselves too, to bring together a change in many areas in Madagascar”, has claimed Antsa, member of the platform.
The history of African women making history
On November 15th, 2017, seven young girls, passionate about women and youth, aged from 18 to 28: Antsa, Christina, Claudia, Josie, Larissa, Monica and Tiasoa and created the project: “African women making history”. It started by a conference at the American Center Tanjombato. That was an initiative of these seven women. The seven women gave seven speeches talking about passion and living dream.
Today, the project is going forward, with no financing and with almost zero Ariary*. The platform is counting nine women now.
On next March, a conference will take place in Antananarivo, giving the floor to “powerful women who have started from zero”, to share their experiences and struggles. There will also be a hashtag move on Facebook, the #AWMH. The concept is taking selfies or pictures with the hashtag when the picture is in relation with actions for supporting women.
*Ariary: unit of exchange currency in Madagascar