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Bridging gender inequality gap

Bridging gender inequality gap
Women have borne the brunt of the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and here in Africa where women make up 58 per cent of the self-employed population, women-owned businesses have been particularly sensitive to repeated shocks and crises.

While the representation of women in parliaments has increased overall, and is a positive development, there are still countries in West and Central Africa where women represent less than 5 per cent of parliamentarians.Ten countries out of 12 in West and Central Africa now have such laws.Rachel Toku-Appiah is Programme Advocacy and Communications Director, Africa; Oulimata Sarr is UN Women Regional Director for West and Central Africa All rights reserved.1st August 2022 1st August 2022 Women have borne the brunt of the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and here in Africa where women make up 58 per cent of the self-employed population, women-owned businesses have been particularly sensitive to repeated shocks and crises.

Added to these are the consequences of climate change and the war in Ukraine which have further exposed the vulnerabilities of women in Africa.Another area is rights; which means having egalitarian laws that protect women and girls.

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