Deepening cost of gender gap in Africa

Gender inequality in Africa is a multi-layered and complex issue and class differences inform the articulation of how inequality is experienced by women. Low-income women are often trapped in an economic and cultural reality where girls are excluded from going to school; according to the UN only 39 per cent of girls in rural areas attend high school.

Anzetse Were writes in business daily that, gender inequality is costing Africa $95 billion a year, and according to the UNDP report released last year, it was found that women achieve only 87 per cent of the human development outcomes of men and only make 70 cents for each dollar made by men. Read more