Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 April 2022:
New report produced by the African Development Bank present enchancment in gender discrimination legal guidelines in Benin, Djibouti, Somalia, Zimbabwe and Liberia, by making certain that nationwide insurance policies are in place to advance gender equality. But on the similar time, the Covid-19 pandemic has sharpened the challenges ladies face, the report says..
Prepared in collaboration with the international locations and the worldwide associate, UN Women, the Bank’s Country Gender Profiles consider gender equality and provide suggestions to drive parity throughout a variety of metrics. These embrace methods to bolster the responsiveness of improvement initiatives.
“The country gender profiles are timely as countries define actions and policies to support recovery from the pandemic. Gender data and analysis are critical but remain limited, slowing the achievement of the gender agenda. We hope these reports will help address this important challenge,” stated Amel Hamza, Acting Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society on the Bank.
Benin, Djibouti, Somalia, Zimbabwe and Liberia have achieved progress in addressing discriminatory legal guidelines and insurance policies, the stories present. In addition to establishing nationwide gender insurance policies, the 5 international locations even have institutional mechanisms devoted to gender equality, such because the Gender Ministry, Gender focal factors (and different examples from the profiles).
The stories nonetheless conclude that ladies stay disproportionately affected by poverty, and that the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated gender inequality. During the pandemic, ladies skilled a rise in gender-based violence, and bore the burden of performing unpaid work or low-paying labour within the casual sector. The stories advocate that gender equality be prioritized in Covid-19 restoration applications.
The Bank issued its first Country Gender Profiles in 2004. The newest publications within the sequence are a part of a roll out of its new Gender Strategy for 2021-2025 (https://bit.ly/3r76joW): “Investing in Africa’s women to accelerate inclusive growth.”
To obtain the Country Gender Profiles, click on right here (https://bit.ly/3jbsw0A).