The EurAfrican Forum exists to explore and promote the power of diasporas as a connecting force between cities, regions, and continents, between cultures, companies, and people. It is an action-oriented gathering of leaders that aims to foster stronger collaboration between Europe and Africa to promote a shared green and inclusive growth for the two continents, fostering mechanisms for collaboration and creating new synergies and partnerships. Under the theme “Partnership of Equals: Sharing Values, Sharing Prosperity”, the 2019 Forum will focus on common challenges, changing relationships, aiming to create fresh opportunities, showcasing examples of progress and inspiring transformation for a shared prosperous and sustainable common future of Europe and Africa.

Portugal was ranked among the Top 20 best countries for women in the world, and my country, Nigeria was ranked #74. The mission is not complete until everywhere is the best place for women and girls – and the EurAfrican economic forum is an exciting place to unite and to reshape this universal viewpoint,” said Lilian Ajayi Ore, Founder, and CE0, Global Connections for Women Foundation.

Lilian Ajayi Ore will be speaking on the “Tools and Strategies for Women and Youth Empowerment’ panel. The power relations that impede women’s attainment of healthy and fulfilling lives operate at many levels of society, from the most personal to the highly public. Therefore, achieving change requires policy and program actions. Education is a key role and the most important means of empowering women and youth – while encouraging the development of individuals capacity and skills development.

Other special guests and speakers include; António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (Special Video-Message) Portugal; Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique; Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic; Augusto Santos Silva, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal; Carlos Carreiras,Mayor of Cascais; Elijah Amoo Addo,Founder and Executive Director of the Food for All Africa, Ghana; Tunde Kehinde, Co-Founder of Lidya, Nigeria; Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, Founder and Managing Director of DLO Energy Resources Group, South Africa to name a few.

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