Today I have written an article for the World Post entitled “The condition of women in Africa reveals the sorry state of the human condition on the continent”. Indeed, a few days before the annual African Union summit, where a great deal of emphasis will be placed on human rights (with a specific focus on women’s issues), I wanted to take this opportunity to say a few words.
What matters the most is that the condition of women in Africa highlights the broader issue of the human condition on the continent. Women often bear the brunt of underdevelopment and are disproportionate victims of weak governance, inadequate health care, infrastructure bottlenecks, and education. Women make up half of the African population and produce 61.9% of economic goods, but only account for 8.5% of wage-earning employees. But these bad conditions shackle Africa’s growth as a whole. Ending discrimination would help us all.
Please feel free to read my column here.