Isabel Dos Santos Explains How Empowering Women Would Unleash Africa’s Potential
While Isabel dos Santos was born in Eastern Europe and spent her youth in the United Kingdom she is Angolan. After completing her studies at King’s College, London, she made her way back to Angola in order to establish her professional career. She has since become one of Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, male or female. She has an estimated worth of $3.6 billion and has found success in multiple industries. Her greatest success was establishing and leading a telecommunications company, Unitel. This company provides communication services to people across Angola. She has also been in management positions in other industries such as finance, entertainment, construction, and energy.
Isabel dos Santos invests in companies in Angola and also in Portugal, the nation that historically had a huge impact on Angola. Isabel dos Santos has faced many challenges as a powerful woman working in Angola. While it’s true pretty much throughout the world, in Angola women have a really hard time when it comes to working for a living. Women are expected to stay at home, take care of kids and their husband, and otherwise be disengaged. Isabel dos says that women don’t have to stand for this treatment. This sexist attitude is also holding back not just Angola but all of Africa in what it could become. About half the population doesn’t get to contribute to growing the economy never mind creating new businesses.
She has long aimed to change this dynamic. She has spoken around the world about how to help Africa’s economies including before the United Nations and the European Parliament. She shares how women are the key to growing Africa’s agricultural industry and other opportunities. She tells women that they do have opportunities to create businesses and be self-reliant. Additionally, she says that technology and education can transform Africa into a prosperous continent. Investment in telecommunications would mean that far more people would have internet access. This would lead to the creation of new job and best business opportunities. Couple this with educating people about technology and you have a continent of mostly poor people that would finally have a way to thrive.
É difícil compreender como é que num país como Angola os serviços de Saúde e de Educação não tenham recebido isenções, mas por outro lado, as actividades ligadas à prática de jogos de fortuna e de azar e ainda a transmissão de produtos petrolíferos tenham recebido isenções ao IVA
— Isabel Dos Santos (@isabelaangola) June 20, 2019