Nigeria: 'African women have potentials to transform continent'

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Special Envoy on Gender (SEOG), Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, has expressed confidence that if given the necessary support, African women have all it takes to serve as agents of change for the continent’s growth.

A statement from the bank, made available to PANA here Saturday, noted that the AfDB special envoy made the remarks on the sidelines of the 24th African Union Summit, which is being  rounded up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

According to her, “Promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality must be placed at the heart of the efforts of the AfDB to promote inclusive growth in Africa. “Women continue to play a central role in putting an end to extreme poverty, promoting education and achieving economic growth across the continent."

The African Union declared 2015 as the Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.

The theme of the AU Summit also coincided with the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action (1995).

In addition, it coincided with the 5th Anniversary of the African Women’s Decade (2010-2020), the 15th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, and the finalization of the Post-2015 development agenda.

She said that the bank strongly believed that, throughout Africa, women are a powerful force for growth and development; they make important contributions to the economy as workers and entrepreneurs, and to the welfare of their families.

However, in many African countries, unequal access to property, discrimination in the labour market and business-related obstacles hinder women from contributing more to their countries’ growth and well-being.

Removing such obstacles can not only help to empower women, but also will unlock the full economic potential of their nations.

Africa’s growth story has not been inclusive as increased and sustained efforts are required to empower women to contribute to and benefit from this transformation process.

Releasing the economic potentials of women provides the opportunity to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty and ensure that Africa's growth is both inclusive and sustainable.
-0- PANA SB/VAO 31Jan2015

31 january 2015 19:09:15

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