African Union: Promote the Economic Justice and Rights of Women and Girls in Africa

The pandemic has had devastating effects, particularly for vulnerable women and girls on the continent.

What to know:

  • The majority of women work in unstable, poorly paying jobs, with few opportunities for advancement.
  • African leaders can renew state accountability to protect, promote and fulfil women and girls’ rights in Africa
  • Tweet now 一 Ask African leaders to advance gender equality, which is critical for economic vitality.

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The pandemic has deepened the pre-existing gender inequalities and exposed the deep-seated vulnerabilities of government systems. In sub-Saharan Africa, Informal workers, most of whom are women, account for more than 90% of the labour force which put them particularly at risk of losing out financially during a pandemic.

The collapse of the informal daily wage economy largely predominated by women; the closure of small and medium enterprises and loss of means of sustenance for women; school closures that have seen an increase in teenage pregnancy; domestic violence among others have been of growing concern. Most health workers in Africa are women, therefore, the burden of caring for the sick is largely borne by this group in addition to caring for their families and communities’ daily survival. 

Now, more than ever, the urgency to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls has become more critical. Gender equality is key to the economic growth, prosperity, sustainability and survival of any nation. African leaders need to strengthen efforts that promote the full emancipation and empowerment of all women and girls in Africa 一 Tweet now.