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By: Darlene Superville, AP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is spending part of her summer vacation in Africa this week, highlighting female empowerment, education and leadership during stops in three countries.
She arrived in Lusaka, Zambia, on Tuesday, and was being accompanied on stops there by Rajiv Shah, director of the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is also traveling with Catherine Russell, the U.S. ambassador at-large for global women’s issues, who will be with Biden for the entire trip.
Stops are also planned in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone before Biden returns to Washington next week.
The trip is a chance for Biden, a lifelong educator who teaches English twice a week at a Virginia community college, to highlight what happens when women and girls are empowered through education and entrepreneurship, administration officials said.
She’ll also highlight success stories that are taking shape in the central and west African countries she is visiting on her third trip to the continent since Joe Biden became vice president. In Sierra Leone, for example, democracy is slowly being re-established after a brutal civil war from 1991-2002 that caused tens of thousands of deaths and displaced more than 2 million people, about one-third of the population.
During the week, Biden will meet with government and non-government leaders who specialize in women’s issues, including economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, education, gender-based violence, and child and maternal health, the White House said.
The trip will also showcase U.S. involvement on the continent a month before dozens of leaders from across Africa arrive in Washington in early August for a summit scheduled to be hosted by President Barack Obama.
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By: April Ryan, aprildryan.com
Sunday in South Africa President Obama delivers a speech after visiting Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for his anti-apartheid movement. The speech is framed around Nelson Mandela and his example of how change can happen. The address takes place at the University of Cape Town, where then President Robert Kennedy addressed a crowd in June 1966 just after Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for his anti-apartheid efforts. President Obama’s speech will focus on the change that has taken place since the Kennedy visit almost 50 years ago. President Obama is expected to focus on opportunity, Democracy, peace and security.
There will be another event that deals with energy. The White House says two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africa does not have power. Up to 85 percent of rural African communities have no electricity. With this information there is a new effort to secure the energy infrastructure in some Sub-Saharan African countries. The countries selected to take part of the program are Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Liberia, Ghana.
With this energy initiative, the White House is directly in China’s face helping with Nigeria’s infrastructure. China has been in Nigeria and in other African countries exchanging infrastructure building for oil. White House sources contend this is not about taking oil but helping to cut into poverty and securing African nations as a National Security issue. Meanwhile, another White House source says they are giving companies money for insurance to work in the energy sector in Nigeria as there are major problems with attacks on Nigerian oil barges and other portions of the oil sector. Those disruptions have caused the price of oil to increase globally to include at pumps in the United States.
Health is also a focus Sunday for the President. He will deal with issues of HIV/AIDS. The White House is taking credit for cutting into the Sub-Saharan African HIV/Aids epidemic saying the millionth baby has been born without AIDS in Africa because of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)program. In 2013 and for 2014 the White House on average has asked Congress to approve 4.2 billion dollars for PEPFAR. It is the 10th anniversary for PEPFAR. President George W. Bush endorsed an effort backed by the Congressional Black Caucus for an initial investment of 15 billion dollars to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide.
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