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Ambassador of Switzerland – Helene Budliger Artieda

This week we talk to the Ambassador of Switzerland – Ms Helene Budliger Artieda, who is the Ambassador to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesetho, Swaziland and Mauritius. We discuss Switzerland’s emphasis on economic development and trade arrangements with the SADC region as well as Switzerland’s strategy to partner with countries for progress. Specific efforts include a focus on vocational educational training and small medium enterprise development to contribute to sustainable economic growth in Africa. We compare the state of gender equality in Switzerland to countries in Africa, noting the differences and the demands placed on women forcing them to multitask and make choices which often compromise their career development as they prioritise their family responsibilities. We note that the important role that men play in gender equality by supporting and advocating women in the workplace. Tune in for more…

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