Professor Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp receives the “African Alliances HE for SHE” Award for Women Empowerment

By African Alliance for Women Empowerment, May 31st 2016

Professor Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp receives the “African Alliances HE for SHE” Award for Women Empowerment to recognize “Merck More than a Mother Campaign.”

Cairo,EgyptDuring the 11th African Congress for Women Entrepreneurs, Professor Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of Executive Board and Family Board of E. Merck KGaA received the “African Alliances He for She Award” for Women Empowerment. This was in recognition of Merck’s efforts to empower women in the field of research and healthcare through the Merck Capacity Advancement Program and UNESCO – Merck Africa Research Summit.
The award also recognizes Merck’s significant contribution to empower infertile women in Africa through the ‘Merck More than a Mother’ campaign.
“I am very happy to receive this important award.  The “Merck More than a Mother” campaign is a very important initiative to empower an unprivileged segment of women in Africa,” Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg –Haverkamp said upon receiving his award. “Women who suffer infertility have been neglected, mistreated and discriminated because they cannot bear children, while we must also consider that 50% of infertility is caused by male factor and yet women are solely blamed for it.”
Prof. Frank Stangenberg- Haverkamp receives “HE for SHE award for women empowerment,” Dr. Amany Asfur President of African Alliances of Women Empowerment, Dr. Yasmin Darwish President of BPW International and Dr. Rasha Kelej Chief Social Officer of Merck Healthcare.
Dr. Amany Asfur, President of African Alliances of Women Empowerment explained, “We are very proud to acknowledge Merck’s efforts to empower infertile women in Africa by improving their access to information, awareness, health and change of mindset through their historic ‘Merck More than a Mother’ campaign.”
“Through the ‘Merck more than a Mother’ campaign we started an important project called ‘Empowering Berna.’ The project seeks to help infertile women, who cannot have children anymore, start their own businesses and build their independent and happier lives. I am very passionate about this project and I will follow it up by myself with women organizations across Africa.” mentioned Dr. Rasha Kelej, Chief Social Officer of Merck Healthcare.
(L-R): Dr. Rasha Kelej, Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu, MEC Health Gauteng Government, South Africa, Hon. Sarah Opendi Minister of Health of Uganda, Prof. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chair of Merck Executive and Family Boards.
The “African Alliances He for She Award” award also recognizes the UNESCO- Merck Africa Research Summit- MARS’s new initiative to empower African women researchers. The initiative is very critical for Africa’s future, and its social and economic development, which cannot be achieved except with the economic empowerment of women and youth.

During the same conference, the African Women Empowerment Award was granted to H.E. Samba-Panza, Former President of Central African Republic and H.E. Prof. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, who was represented by H.E. Julia Duncan-Cassell Liberian Minister of Gender.


H.E. Catherine Samba Panza, former President of Central African Republic receives the African women Empowerment Award
H.E. Julia Minister of Gender and social affairs of Liberia receives the African women empowerment award on behalf of the President of Liberia
During the African conference for women entrepreneurs, a high level panel of Merck More Than a Mother was conducted during which, Hon. Sarah Opendi the Ugandan Minister of Health, Hon. Jean Kalilani the Malawian Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Hon. Julia Duncan-Cassell the Liberian Minister of Gender and social affairs, Hon. Dr. Lanre Tejuoso the Nigerian Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Hon. Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu MEC Health Gauteng Government, South Africa, and parliamentarian members and academics from Uganda, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ivory Coast, discussed Merck More Than a Mother objectives and intervention across Africa and a commitment was made to kick off the campaign in each country during 2016 and 2017.


Hon. Betty Amongi, Chair of Uganda Women Parliamentarians, Dr. Rasha Kelej CSO Merck, HE. Catherine Samba Panza, Former President of Central African republic, Prof. Frank Stangenberh Haverkamp, Merck family member and Hon. Sarah Opendi Minister of Health of Uganda, Hon. Laurette Yace MP of Cote d’Ivoire, Susan Lyimo, Vice Chair of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus of Tanzania; Hon. Maria Angelina Enoque, MP of Mozambique; Prof. Santos Nicolau Dean of Augustine University, Angola
(L-R) Prof. Oladapo Ashiru-President of Africa Fertility Society, Hon. Joyce Lay-Member of Parliament, Taita-Taveta County, Kenya, Hon. Dr. Lanre Tejuoso - Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Julia Duncan-Cassell -Minister of Gender, Liberia, Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp-Merck Family Member and Chair Executive Board and Family Board of Merck and H.E. Hon Sarah Opendi -Minister of State of Health of Uganda.
(L-R) Prof. Oladapo Ashiru- President of Africa Fertility Society, Hon. Joyce Lay-Member of Parliament, Taita-Taveta County, Kenya, Hon. Dr. Lanre Tejuoso-Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Julia Duncan-Cassell - Minister of Gender, Liberia, Dr. Rasha Kelej- Chief Social Officer-Vice President, Merck Healthcare, Chair of Health Committee, BPW-Egypt and African Alliance for Women Empowerment.
(L-R) Dr. Yasmin Darwich President International Federation for Business and Professional Women
Prof. Santos Nicolau Dean of Augustine University, Angola
Dr. James Olobo-Lalobo Vice-President of Africa Fertility Society
Dr. Amany Asfour First Vice President International Federation for Business and Professional Women, Chair of the Board of African Alliance for Women Empowerment (as Founder of BPW Egypt)
H.E. Amb. Mona Omar Chair of International Relations Committee National Council of Women – Egypt
Prof. Oladapo Ashiru President of Africa Fertility Society
Hon. Joyce Lay Member of Parliament, Taita-Taveta County, Kenya Hon.
Dr. Lanre Tejuoso Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
H.E. Julia Duncan-Cassell Minister of Gender, Liberia
Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp Merck Family Member and Chair Executive Board and Family Board of Merck
H.E. Hon Sarah Opendi Minister of State of Health of Uganda
Hon. Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu MEC Health Gauteng Government, South Africa
Hon. Betty Amongi Chair of Uganda Women Parliamentarian Association
 H.E. Hon. Jean Kalilani Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare of Malawi
Hon. Maria Angelina Enoque Member of Parliament of Mozambique
Dr. Rasha Kelej Chief Social Officer-Vice President, Merck Healthcare
Chair of Health Committee, BPW-Egypt and African Alliance for Women Empowerment
Hon. Laurette Andree De Mel Nee Yace Member of Parliament of Cote d’ Ivoire
 Hon. Susan Lyimo Vice Chair of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus of Tanzania

About Merck

Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 40,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2014, Merck generated sales of € 11.3 billion in 66 countries. Founded in 1668, Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, EMD Millipore and EMD Performance Materials.
About African Alliance for Women Empowerment
African Alliance for Women Empowerment was established in 2006 with focal points across Africa with the main objective of Empowering Women of Africa to Meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This is through economic, political and social empowerment of Women.


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