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WAMDEVIN challenges African leaders on gender equality

By Guardian Nigeria
19 November 2021   |   1:53 am
West African Management Development and Training Institutions Network (WAMDEVIN) has challenged African leaders to implement context-specific strategies that would advance gender equality and women’s empowerment within specific sectors of their economies.

West African Management Development and Training Institutions Network (WAMDEVIN) has challenged African leaders to implement context-specific strategies that would advance gender equality and women’s empowerment within specific sectors of their economies.

Speaking during a webinar with the theme: Mainstreaming gender into development towards realisation of agenda 2030: The role of Melellium Development Institutions (MDIs), WAMDEVIN President, Prof. Alexander Yonly, noted that that, multiple-track strategy should be adopted as an essential good practice for the achievement of all the sustainable goals by member states.

Represented by Dr. Kolawole Olowe, Yonly said experience has shown that most government intervention programmes and projects aimed at solving the myriads of problems are often planned, implemented and evaluated without a gender component.

In his presentation, Omar Fye of Management Development Institute (MDI) Serekunda, The Gambia, said women in Africa accounted for 43.4 per cent of total employment in the second quarter of 2021.

Of those in managerial positions, 66.9 per cent were men compared to 33.1 per cent of women. This shows the gender disparity on both men and women as the later has been the most deprived for a very long time adding that West Africa has been persistently trapped by variety of migrations caused by population pressure, poverty, poor economic performance and endemic conflicts.

“Unemployment among young people in West Africa is empirically overwhelming, yet it prevails higher among young women. This is because of their low level of education, long term traditional distractors, social barriers, gender stereotype and discrimination and house work”
Fye noted that MDIs should be ready to take up the challenge to be more gender sensitive and consider youth empowerment programmes in their curricula if we want really want to achieve the wishes and the aspirations of the SDG 2030. However, it is important to encourage creative arts and performing arts hence a lots of youths do have potentials in these areas, but unfortunately some of our government do not attach much value to them.

Dr Ayodele Fagbemi of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), noted that due to the failure of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3 to address important issues such as violence against women, economic disparities and the low participation of women in political decision-making, development of Goal 5 of Agenda 2030 was developed.