The inclusivity of women in politics and decision-making is steadily rising across Africa. This could be the last frontier for sustainable development in Africa.
Africa has enormous potential to grow if it can take advantage of the untapped power that girls and women hold as societal and economic drivers. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that the lack of inclusion of women in the economy will cost Sub-Saharan Africa as much as US$110 billion in 2022, and $190 billion in 2023.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which deepened already existing inequalities, has further delayed the realization of gender-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Access to education, the labour market, maternal health, basic sanitation and technology are all important aspects for achieving gender equality. Women need to be at the centre of decision-making processes on these and other issues, in order to contribute to Africa’s sustainable development transformation.
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