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Égalité des genres

Investir dans l’égalité femmes-hommes pour la transformation de l’Afrique

Sans égalité des genres, point de développement

La stratégie de genre est un élément central de la vision ambitieuse de la Banque pour l'Afrique basé sur le fait que l'égalité des sexes fait partie intégrante du développement économique et social de l'Afrique. La vision consiste à créer des opportunités pour les femmes, les personnes et les communautés désavantagées marginalisées afin qu'ils puissent participer et à bénéficier du développement de leurs communautés et les nations.

11 Feb 2020

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science calls for Africa to address the gender gap in STEM fields

Women are at risk of losing out on today’s and tomorrow’s best job opportunities   The future of our continent depends upon the full utilization of the human capital available to us; and women account for half of its population. Throughout the world, and particularly in Africa, there is a stark under-representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professions. The leaky pipeline of women and girls begins as they start and progress through their schooling and enter into science and technology-based careers. According to UNESCO estimates,...
05 sep 2019

Is the world ready to be gender equal in leadership?

By Anne Valko Celestino, Senior Gender Specialist, and Elisa Desbordes-Cissé, Communication Consultant, at the African Development Bank Today’s world gets ever more integrated and interconnected. Innovative and transformative technologies are fast emerging, economies are expanding, and education and skills are increasing and improving. However, these advances are yet to translate into equal and sustained economic opportunities, political representation and social empowerment for women, who continue to be under-represented in the workforce, and even more so in leadership positions with only...
26 juin 2019

Using data to close gender gaps and accelerate women’s empowerment in Africa

While Africa’s economic performance is improving, gender gaps must close quickly in order to achieve the structural transformation of each country. Africa’s economic growth reached an estimated 3.5% in 2018 and is projected to rise to 4% in 2019[1]. But its impact has not been inclusive. Structural challenges such as acute poverty, chronic unemployment, poor infrastructure and rising demands for social services must be addressed to ensure sustainability and inclusiveness. Women and youth in rural and fragile areas experience difficulty in accessing basic social needs and economic...
29 mai 2019

Women in informal cross-border trade in Sub-Saharan Africa: an untapped potential to feed, integrate and industrialize Africa

Regional integration, a pivotal element of Africa’s transformation agenda, is one of the five key priorities of the African Development Bank. As part of this, regional communities have increased harmonization efforts, including the reduction of customs and tariff barriers. However, there are still a considerable level of non-tariff barriers, affecting activities of traders and the potential for inclusive growth. Despite these challenges, hundreds of thousands of people, largely women, cross borders in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to a study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture...
04 jan 2018

Addressing gender issues in urban water and sanitation

The African subcontinent has experienced rapid economic growth since 2000. African Development Bank (AfDB) Group demographic projections indicate that Africa’s population will increase from 1 billion in 2010 to 1.6 billion in 2030. The continent’s urban population is expected to increase from 40% of the total population to over 50%, increasing the already high unmet demand for water. The majority of both increases will occur in the poorest, most crowded areas.The sixth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG6) aims to ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and...
07 avr 2017

The AfDB’s response to ‘African Women as an Untapped Market for Investments’

Too often the narrative on women in Africa is characterized by oppression and marginalization in a system that tends to work against them. While the case is not untrue, it is important to acknowledge women who are changing this narrative and inverting a whole paradigm. The number of female entrepreneurs entering the business space has been growing rapidly over the past decade. From a steel manufacturing company in South Africa, through intricate clothing designers in Nigeria, to the vast array of cross-border traders in West and East Africa and much more. According to the World Bank, the rate...
23 Feb 2017

Fashionomics Africa: Outlook for 2017

The challenge: Youth employmentThe continent has experienced a high rate of population growth, which has the potential to be a demographic dividend, but only if there is sufficient investment in jobs, skills and education. Africa has a huge problem with unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and the need for jobs are growing faster than ever.Africa has 480 million youth today and that figure is projected to grow to 850 million youth by 2050. Despite the 10 to 13 million youth that enter the workforce each year, only 3 million formal jobs are created annually (in the public and private...
22 sep 2016

D’agriculteur à chef cuisinier où comment développer la chaîne de valeur de la cuisine africaine ?

De nouvelles innovations dans l’industrie alimentaire, une des industries les plus anciennes et les plus importantes du monde, sont en train de créer des opportunités intéressantes sur le continent africain. Combinant mélanges inhabituels d’épices et saveurs prononcées, les ingrédients et les techniques des régions africaines ont émergé comme la nouvelle tendance gastronomique dans les cuisines du monde entier. Comme sur d’autres continents, l’industrie agroalimentaire joue un rôle fondamental dans la création de possibilités de revenus et d’emplois dans les économies en développement de l’...
13 juin 2016

Fashion and textile industries can grow African economies

African culture is on the rise, not just on the continent but across the globe. The life and music of Fela Kuti attracted thousands to the Broadway musical in New York and elsewhere. Nollywood produces more than 1,800 movies per year and has turned into a US $3.3 billion industry, according to the 2015 article by Jake Bright in Fortune Magazine entitled “Meet ‘Nollywood’: The Second largest movie industry in the world”. African movies and music can now be accessed through online platforms across the world. Africa-inspired designs are now regularly shown on the catwalks in fashion shows...
31 mai 2016

Échanger oui, harceler non : rendre l’espace virtuel plus sûr pour les femmes en Afrique et ailleurs

L’année 2016 marque le 60e anniversaire de la mise sur pied de la Commission de la condition de la femme (CSW), un forum mondial qui se tient tous les ans au mois de mars.Cette année, le thème en est « Planète 50/50 : Franchissons le pas pour l’égalité des sexes », et s’accompagne d’un appel à « S’engager pour la parité ». Nombreux sont les engagements liés à l’objectif N°5 des Objectifs pour le développement durable (ODD), qui vise l’égalité entre les sexes. Dans son alinéa 5. b, cet objectif entend « renforcer le recours à la technologie, en...