Gender

27-Nov-2019

2019 Global Gender Summit marks concrete gains and actionable goals to surge ahead on gender equality

Highlights of the Summit include the launch of: AFAWA risk-sharing facility to de-risk lending to women 50 Million African Women Speak, a Pan-African networking platform Joint UNECA-African Development bank Gender index “We’ve known it from the beginning that equality and women’s empowerment is the true way for sustainable development,” Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Solina Nyirahabimana told reporters at a 2019 Global Gender Summit press conference on Tuesday. “During this past 25 years, we have been concentrating on gender equality, starting by creating...
27-Nov-2019

Sommet mondial sur le genre à Kigali : les entrepreneures africaines plaident pour des prêts à taux réduits

Les entrepreneures africaines, présentes en grand nombre à la 4ème édition du Sommet mondial sur le genre à Kigali, ont appelé, ce mercredi, les institutions financières à leur accorder des prêts à taux réduits pour le financement de leurs projets. « Lorsqu’on parle de financements pour les femmes, il y a une grande frustration par rapport à ce qu’on nous propose, a regretté  Francine Munyaneza, co-fondatrice de Munyax Eco Rwanda, entreprise d’énergie solaire. Des efforts sont faits, mais cela ne doit pas être conçu comme un privilège pour nous. C’est simplement une question de...
27-Nov-2019

2019 Global Gender Summit - Best of Day 1

26-Nov-2019

Sommet mondial sur le genre à Kigali : il faut promouvoir la parité dans le secteur énergétique pour lutter contre le changement climatique, selon des experts

Des spécialistes des questions énergétiques ont plaidé, ce mardi, en faveur d’une parité du genre dans les secteurs liés à l’énergie afin de lutter efficacement contre le changement climatique, lors du Forum sur le genre, qui se tient jusqu’au 27 novembre à Kigali, capitale du Rwanda. « Les femmes sont vulnérables dans plusieurs pays d’Afrique, notamment dans le secteur de l’eau et de l’énergie. Et cette vulnérabilité peut avoir de nombreuses conséquences qu’on ne peut nier, sur leur santé par exemple », a souligné, d’entrée, Charlotte Eyong, spécialiste du changement climatique et de...
26-Nov-2019

Bring women to the table to build peace in Africa, say gender experts

Women bear the brunt of conflict and for peace building to be successful they must be involved in conflict resolution and reconstruction at every stage, said gender experts at the 2019 Global Gender Summit in Kigali on Tuesday. Speakers at a plenary session on peacebuilding called for home-grown solutions to conflict and the participation of women in policy and decision making at local, national and regional levels. “Africa needs to silence the guns. We need to develop our own action plans, not waiting for donor organizations and development partners,” said Bineta Diop, the African...
26-Nov-2019

2019 Global Gender Summit: African Development Bank, partners officially launch AFAWA Risk Sharing Facility

The African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) programme gained momentum with significant support from commercial banks and a $1 million commitment from the government of Rwanda. The Bank and partners officially launched AFAWA Risk Sharing Facility, on Monday, at a press conference held during the 2019 Global Gender Summit currently underway in Kigali, Rwanda. AFAWA is one of the Bank’s flagship gender-focused programmes which seeks to accelerate growth and employment creation across African economies, by closing the financing gap for women. "...
26-Nov-2019

Sommet mondial sur le genre : pour des politiques macroéconomiques favorables à l’autonomisation des femmes en Afrique

Un panel consacré aux politiques macroéconomiques s’est tenu ce mardi au Sommet mondial sur le genre, co-organisé par la Banque africaine de développement, le gouvernement du Rwanda et des partenaires de développement. L’objectif de la séance, modérée par Basil Jones, coordonnateur de politique et programme genre à la Banque, était d’évaluer la profondeur des politiques actuelles et d’interroger leur capacité à réaliser pleinement l’autonomisation des femmes. Mme Ngoné Diop, cheffe de l’unité Egalité de genre, autonomisation des femmes à la Commission économique pour l’Afrique des...
26-Nov-2019

2019 Global Gender Summit: to achieve new impetus towards gender parity, all stakeholders need to act in five priority areas

Africa needs new impetus in its journey towards gender parity. Making progress on any single indicator of gender inequality is likely to require systematic action on a range of indicators by governments, companies, communities, and individual men and women. A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report prepared with McKinsey & Company, Africa, The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Africa finds that accelerating progress towards parity could boost African economies by the equivalent of 10 percent of their collective GDP by 2025. The report was launched Tuesday at the 2019...
26-Nov-2019

“Women are an excellent investment”: finance leaders call for increased support for women in business

Leaders from multilateral development banks, financial institutions and the private sector called on peers to dispel myths about women being too “high risk” for financing - and to offer more financial services for women in business to close the gender finance gap. “We know that women are a good bet. We know they pay back. We know they run excellent businesses – and yet they are not getting financed,” said Dr Jennifer Blanke, African Development Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development. An important step is for multilateral development banks to offer credit...
26-Nov-2019

First ladies panel seeks urgent policies to translate Africa’s demographic dividend into viable potential

“Investments in gender equality are critical to realizing demographic dividend, but we need to ensure that women have the tools to overcome the barriers they face,” First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame told participants at a panel at the Global Gender Summit in Kigali on Monday. The panel, made up of First Ladies Kagame, Margaret Kenyatta, ministers and development experts, observed that too many women and girls still face barriers to basic rights, particularly access to labour market opportunities. Rwanda’s First Lady recalled the role women played following the 1994 Genocide against...
25-Nov-2019

Global Gender Summit 2019: "Put prejudice behind us and give women access to finance," says Akinwumi Adesina

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina has called for greater access to finance for African women when he addressed the inaugural session of the Global Gender Summit. "When women borrow, they always repay. And 90% of them repay their loans without the least problem. So, where is the risk? The problem is prejudice and the banks' lack of flexibility. We must leave this behind to allow women access to financing," President Adesina urged. The session headed "Unlocking women's access to finance in Africa" had a panel of high-level speakers, including Salimata Diop Dieng, the...
25-Nov-2019

Project successes in Morocco and Ghana offer lessons in gender and climate change

The African Development Bank recognizes the importance of addressing gender in efforts to combat climate change and its effects in order to increase the benefits of its projects and aims to be the leading African financial institution in addressing gender and climate change. The Bank’s Department of Gender, Women and Civil Society, as well as its Climate Change and Green Growth Department, has been mobilizing funding from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to strengthen capacity to address the interlinkages between gender and climate change in the work of Bank staff and the African CIF...
25-Nov-2019

Global Gender Summit 2019: African leaders take on the responsibility to urgently close the gender gap

‘There is no template to follow…we (women) can deliver but we can deliver differently” - President Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia ‘We are making sure that narrowing this gender gap is everyone’s responsibility,’ President Paul Kagame of Rwanda “This discrimination is political, economic and social; it is politically incorrect, unjustifiable socially.’ - Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat ‘ A smarter world must invest in women and girls. Let’s be smart and let’s be wise. Women are the best investment any society can make,’ Dr. Akinwumi Adesina,...
25-Nov-2019

Opening remarks by Dr Akinwumi A Adesina President of the African Development Bank Group - Global Gender Summit - Kigali, Rwanda - Monday 25 November 2019

Your Excellency, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Your Excellency, Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Your Excellency, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission; Your Excellency, Joyce Banda, former President of the Republic of Malawi; Your Excellency, Rt. Honourable Édouard Ngirente, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, and Members of the Government of Rwanda; Your Excellency, Hailemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Your Excellency,...
24-Nov-2019

Getting women in the driver’s seat of Africa’s agribusiness revolution

Monica Musonda, CEO of Zambian food processing company Java Foods, certainly faced hurdles in her rise to the top, but she overcame them. “Although the barriers to entry for women can be frustrating, they are often basic and relatively easy to resolve,” she said, playing down her struggles. “My climb up the agribusiness ladder has been challenging but definitely worthwhile.” Musonda, whose company produces affordable and nutritious food snacks made from local ingredients, is one of just a handful of female agripreneurs who have successfully broken through the proverbial glass ceiling in...
24-Nov-2019

Mainstreaming gender in African policymaking: Ensuring no voice is unheard

Despite remarkable progress made on women’s participation in policymaking, Africa is still far from achieving the 50 percent gender parity target set by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Between 1995 and 2018, the proportion of women in African parliaments almost tripled from 8% to 23% but remains insufficient. Out of 11,037 African parliamentarians as of October 2018, only 2,591 were women and out of 1,348 ministers on the continent only 302, or 22%, were women1. The challenges in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, will be the focus of the Global Gender...
22-Nov-2019

Gender equality: It’s time for disruption, time to shatter the status quo. We can’t afford to wait!

If you are a gender champion, then you are familiar with the discussions around the glass cliff.  The story of women eager to defy the odds, accepting leadership roles at times of crisis, when the chance of failure is the highest. The truth is that many bold glass cliff climbers have succeeded without falling off. Two of such champions come to my mind: the former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcah and Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Aliethiea IDF. Mulcah, Ishmael and likeminded agents of change have already shattered the status quo. So, when the first Global Gender Summit held in Africa kicks...
22-Nov-2019

Interview with Jennifer Blanke, Vice President Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank Group, ahead of the 2019 Gender Summit

The African Development Bank and the government of Rwanda are hosting the Global Gender Summit from 25 to 27 November in Kigali. The Summit is being organised by the Multilateral Development Banks’ (MDBs) Working Group on gender, and will be held for the first time in Africa. We speak to Bank Vice President, Jennifer Blanke, to find out more about this high-profile event.   1 - This year the African Development Bank is hosting the Global Gender Summit for the first time on the continent.  What are your expectations? It is the first time that the African Development Bank...
20-Nov-2019

Sommet mondial du genre 2019 à Kigali : la Banque africaine de développement et le Rwanda veulent accélérer la promotion de l’égalité des sexes

Pour la première fois, l’Afrique accueille, du 25 au 27 novembre à Kigali, le Sommet mondial sur le genre, un événement qui vise à partager les meilleures pratiques et stimuler l’innovation afin d’accélérer les progrès en matière d’égalité des sexes. Environ 200 délégations, chefs d’État, décideurs, représentants du monde universitaire et de la société civile sont attendus à Kigali pour échanger autour du thème central de cette 4ème édition du Sommet : « Éliminer les obstacles à l’égalité des sexes ». Le Rwanda est un pays modèle en matière d’égalité entre les sexes :...
30-Oct-2019

Tchad: La Banque africaine de développement œuvre en faveur de l’éducation des filles

La Banque africaine de développement et le gouvernement du Tchad ont célébré, vendredi 25 octobre à N’Djamena, la restitution des travaux de rénovation du lycée féminin bilingue d’Amriguébé. Une cérémonie officielle avec coupure de ruban s’est déroulée en présence notamment de M.Aboubakar Assidick Tchoroma, ministre de l’Éducation nationale et de la promotion civique du Tchad, d’Ousmane Doré, directeur général de la Banque africaine de développement pour l’Afrique centrale, et ainsi que Ousmane Abderaman Djougourou, conseiller spécial des infrastructures du président de la République...