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Without gender equality, there can be no development

The Gender Strategy is a central part of the Bank’s ambitious vision for Africa based on the reality that gender equality is integral to Africa’s economic and social development. The vision includes creating opportunities for women, disavantaged and marginalised people and communities so they can participate in and benefit from the development of their communities and nations. It is this inclusive growth and social cohesion that will lead to peaceful, stable and vibrant societies.

The Bank commits itself to greater and better integration of gender equality in all its programmes. It commits to transforming the Bank’s own organisational culture regarding gender equality, in its staffing and in its working culture. It proposes the strengthening of the Bank’s gender expertise in its field operations, and the appointment of ‘champions’ of the cause of gender equality, inside and outside the Bank.

This blog is part of the Bank's wider efforts to enhance its visibility and assume leadership in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment on the continent. It will showcase the Bank's achievements and serve as a communication platform to strengthen collaboration with our partners. The blog will be frequently updated by Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the Special Envoy on Gender, our guest bloggers from the Office of the Special Envoy on Gender (SEOG) and colleagues from other Departments and International Institutions.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles presented in this blog are those of the individual authors and should not be attributed to the African Development Bank (AfDB).