Cote d’Ivoire: African Development Bank launches Gender Equality Index for Africa

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) unveiled on Monday the first-ever Gender Equality Index for Africa, aimed at informing policies to transform economies and to propel governments to adopt an ambitious agenda for making gender equality a reality throughout the continent.

Published at a time when women’s empowerment is on the top of the African agenda, the Index shows how to make gender equality a reality.

The Index’s release has coincided with a year when the international community is laying out a transformative plan for sustainable and inclusive development.

“Africa is at a watershed moment:  after a decade of unprecedented growth, African countries are generating more resources to invest in development,” said AfDB President Donald Kaberuka. “Africa needs to use these resources to invest in the skills and talents of its women and all its citizens, which will transform economies and societies. The time is now.”

With maps for each area, the Index has been described as the most comprehensive measurement of the state of gender equality across 52 out of 54 African countries.

It examines the position of women as producers, in human development, and as active citizens and leaders, to provide African governments with a benchmark to evaluate the effectiveness of policies to advance gender equality.

Drawing on a large body of gender research in Africa, the Index has set out a plan of action for countries to accelerate gender balance in eight areas: land, financial services, infrastructure connections, education and skills, health and reproductive rights, personal safety, equality before the law, and voice and representation.

“Empowering African women is essential to enabling African societies to achieve their potential,” said AfDB Special Envoy on Gender, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. “Our aim is to spark dialogue and inform debate on gender equality at national and regional levels, and wherever Africa’s development is on the global agenda.”
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25 may 2015 18:43:17

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