Big costs of gender gap in sub-Saharan Africa

first_imgAfrican girls are better educated than a generation ago. Women are taking more leadership roles and building successful business careers. However, a new United Nations report says gender inequality on the continent costs it $95-billion a year. African women earn, on average, 30% less than African men. (Image: Universal Giving) Sulaiman PhilipGender inequality costs sub-Saharan economies $95-billion (about R1.4-trillion) a year, according to a newly released study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).That Africa loses 6% of continental gross domestic product is blamed on governmental failure to put into effect legal protections and break down harmful social norms. Failing to act means a large percentage of African women are locked out of opportunities to participate in the economic, social and political life of their countries.The report was released this weekend on the sidelines of the Tokyo International Conference of African Development in Nairobi, Kenya. UNDP administrator Helen Clark pointed out that a 1% increase in gender inequality reduced a country’s Human Development Index score by a similar amount. “If gender gaps can be closed in labour markets, education, health and other areas, then poverty and hunger eradication can be achieved,” she said. “Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is the right thing to do, and is a development imperative.”The Human Development Index (HDI) measures a nation’s achievement in key human development areas – access to education and medical treatment, quality of life and standard of living. African girls score high in access to primary education, but fail to access higher education or opportunities to join the labour market. The average for women in Africa is also lowered because of the continent’s still unacceptably high maternal mortality rate.Professional workProfessionally, African women fare even worse. A total of 61% of all African women work outside the home but their jobs are poorly paid and their efforts go unappreciated. Despite holding the majority of positions in the non-agricultural sector – 66% – women earn 70 cents for each dollar earned by a man. Across Africa there are, at most, just 30% of firms with a female manager.By not addressing the social norms that limit opportunity for women, Africa has no hope of attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals or achieving its own Africa Agenda 2063 ambitions. UNDP Africa director Abdoulaye Mar says that the African Union’s lofty goals of equality are hamstrung by social norms.African girls spend less time in education, are paid less for their labour and spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water. They have limited access to economic and financial assets and are less likely to have bank accounts. “Closing the gender gap would not only set Africa on a double-digit economic growth track, but would also significantly contribute to meeting its development goals.”Africa is moving beyond the era of legislation and non-discrimination laws and quotas ensuring women’s participation. The African narrative remains to an extent, that girls don’t have the same opportunities as boys to get a decent education, that women are shut out of jobs and assets to uplift themselves and their families.Despite almost universal access to primary education, African girls are empowered more than they were but only to a certain age and stage in their lives – until they get married. (Image: Brand South Africa)Fundamental changeFor most people outside the continent, Africa is still a place where women have too many children and thousands die in childbirth because they have no access to basic health care. In parts of Africa this remains true, but Africa holds many secrets. Closer study shows that African women have also made important progress.There is World Bank research that suggests a deeper reading of the statistics tell a different story. The international financial institution says that the lives of African women have fundamentally changed over the last decade.Since 1990, enrolment of girls in primary school has come close to matching boys and the number of women dying in childbirth has halved. In work and politics Africa leads the world in female representation. The ratio of women to men in formal employment is greater than the rest of the world and the number of women in continental parliaments has doubled. Rwanda and Senegal have the highest proportion of women in government and in Cape Verde parity at cabinet level was achieved more than a decade ago. Africa’s women and girls are its greatest untapped resource. It is they who will build the solid foundation of African prosperity. (Image: Brand South Africa)Social growthSocial attitudes are also changing in Africa. As more people become aware of gender bias, it is becoming less prevalent. Over the last decade, fewer women are reporting sexism and sexual harassment at work.Fewer people believe it’s better for a woman to look after the home while a man goes out to work. The number of people, of both genders, who believe that children are hurt if they are raised by working mothers has also decreased over the last decade.  More men are saying that work does interfere with home life, actively seeking employment with companies that offer paternity leave and flexible work hours.In business the tide is turning as well. A recent poll found that younger employees believe women make better managers. In 2006, one in two women believed that an equally qualified woman would be passed over for a promotion because of gender. By 2014, it was a belief shared by four out of every five. And more women are now also earning more than their husbands.Empowerment and equalityTo go forward, the UNDP report maps out four routes to empowerment and equality:Adopting legal reforms;Building national capacity to accelerate women’s involvement in decision-making;Adopting multisectoral approaches in promoting gender equality; and,Accelerating female ownership of assets and management resources.Co-operation and cross border collaboration between nations will boost the social changes that are improving the lives of African women. In the opinion of the UNDP researchers, two initiatives will speed up equality and empowerment. They propose the establishment of an African Women’s Investment Bank and the awarding of Gender Seal certification for businesses that promote gender equality.Africa’s economy is booming. Banking, retail and telecommunications are driving growth. Large-scale construction projects are improving the continent’s infrastructure and making it easier for Africa to trade with Africa.Growth is changing the continent’s landscape by strengthening its economy. Development is narrowing income gaps between citizens and nations and boosting continent-wide economic integration. And strong working economies disproportionately benefit women.Africa is changing. It is moving beyond seeing gender equality as a token in development policy. As Africa changes, it is taking a leadership position in the conversation about gender. As the prospects of African girls and women improve, the continent gets to lead by example. As more African women realise the freedom to choose their own future, the more they become the champions of and the great hope for women across the world.last_img read more

a month agoMan City striker Aguero admits being Liverpool and Owen fan

first_imgMan City striker Aguero admits being Liverpool and Owen fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero admits he grew up a fan off Liverpool.And he says Michael Owen was his favourite striker.Aguero has been Manchester City’s main man for eight years, winning four Premier League titles in the process. His latest league triumph came at the expense of Liverpool, who were searching for their first in the competition. Owen revealed his own admiration for Aguero in his book when discussing the finishing of United striker Marcus Rashford.He argued: “Players like Robbie Fowler, Aguero or Harry Kane, these people who are obsessed with goals. I don’t think he is obsessed with goals.”It seems the respect is mutual, as Aguero wrote in his autobiography Born To Rise: “I’ve always liked Liverpool, maybe because I used to play for Independiente who also played in red.”As a kid, I wanted to be Michael Owen and when I saw him score that goal for England against Argentina I thought ‘you little sh**’! Even aged 10, I knew they couldn’t allow him that much space. He was a terrific player at that time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

State Minister Says Government Will Continue to Advocate for Windrush Generation

first_img “The Government will continue to actively advocate for resolution to this Windrush immigration crisis, including the matter of just and adequate compensation to victims,” Senator Charles Jr. said. State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says the Government will continue to actively advocate on behalf of the Windrush Generation.“The Government will continue to actively advocate for resolution to this Windrush immigration crisis, including the matter of just and adequate compensation to victims,” Senator Charles Jr. said.“We intend, therefore, to utilise our resources both locally and in the United Kingdom (UK) to encourage more persons who have been affected to come forward, seek assistance and to make legitimate claims,” he added.He was making a presentation on the topic, ‘Challenges of the Windrush Generation’, during the University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work’s biweekly departmental seminar.The Seminar was held at the Senate Building today (October 25) at the UWI, Mona Campus.Despite living and working in the UK for decades, thousands of people who arrived in the country as children in the first wave of Commonwealth migration (called the Windrush Generation) were being threatened with deportation.Many of those affected are of Jamaican and Caribbean heritage.The State Minister said the Government will continue to work collaboratively with the UK government on specific cases, which, to date, has borne fruit.“This crisis has presented an opportunity for Jamaica and our Caribbean friends and partners to unite. It is [also] a cause for us to bolster the influence of our diaspora in the UK, while also simultaneously providing the well-needed support to those who are vulnerable,” Mr. Charles Jr. said.The Empire Windrush, a passenger liner, is regarded as the symbolic starting point of a wave of Caribbean migration between 1948 and 1971, known as the ‘Windrush Generation’.Many were enticed to cross the Atlantic by job opportunities amid the UK’s post-war labour shortage.The ship, which sailed from Jamaica on May 27 and arrived in London almost a month later on June 21, was carrying 1,027 passengers, according to the UK National Archives.More than half of the passengers on board (539) gave their last country of residence as Jamaica, while 139 said Bermuda and 119 stated England. There were also people from Mexico, Scotland, Gibraltar, Burma and Wales. Story Highlightscenter_img State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says the Government will continue to actively advocate on behalf of the Windrush Generation.last_img read more

Snatchers run shop use stolen phone parts to repair mobiles

first_imgNew Delhi: The snatchers have adopted new tactics to dispose of stolen phones. In the latest case reported from North Delhi’s Wazirabad area, it was revealed that the criminals had open mobile repairing shop and they were installing the stolen mobile parts on the customer’s phone who gave their phone for repairing. Police have arrested two persons in the case.An investigator told Millennium Post that the accused in the case identified as Harish and Tushal were earning a profit of more than Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000 per mobile phone approx. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”More than 100 phones that were repaired at a North Delhi’s shop is likely being installed with stolen parts,” police said. “First, they snatch the mobile phone and then disassemble it. The accused then install the parts of the snatched mobiles in customers phones who have given them for repair work,” the investigator said adding that recently they have dismantled more than 50 phones. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said that the accused were arrested during patrolling duty in Hardev Nagar area. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”During interrogation, seven other mobile phones and several dismantled mobiles phones ( parts of which found sold) have been recovered from accused Tushal who runs a mobile shop,” said DCP North. The team under SHO Wazirabad PC Yadav started the probe in the case. Investigators further added that one of the accused knew mobile repairing. “At the shop, we found that several phone screens, cameras, keypads were kept,” said a police officer adding that from last two to three years they have been involved in such activity. “They also sold the stolen phone as second hand to customers,” police said. They used to charge around Rs 2,000-5,000 for changing the display screen of the mobile phone. “Whatever the money they were getting was profit to them,” added the officer. The Delhi Police annual report of 2018 revealed that last year as many as 6,642 cases of snatching were reported as compared to 8,070 cases in the year 2017. 3,785 (56.98 percent) cases were solved with the arrest of 5326 persons. 96.66 per cent of the total arrested criminals were first-time offenders and 54.90 percent of them were illiterates or school drop- outs.last_img read more

Kate del Castillo Would Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur

first_imgStanding in a snowscape and wearing nothing more than icicles, La Reina del Sur star Kate del Castillo appears in a new holiday shopping campaign for PETA that proclaims, “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.”Kate del Castillo I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur Ad UnveilingCredit/Copyright: Derek Pashupa Goodwin She unveiled the ad today in person outside Macy’s flagship store in New York’s Herald Square — where fur coats are still sold.In an exclusive video interview, del Castillo reveals why she stripped down for the cause: “They’re still killing animals for fur. There’s a lot of work to do, and that motivates me,” she says. “You don’t need to wear fur to be beautiful. It’s not the moment to be silent. I think we have to go naked, go bold.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” — notes that every year, millions of animals are confined to cramped, filthy cages before being drowned, beaten to death, strangled, electrocuted, or even skinned alive in order to produce fur coats, collars, and cuffs.last_img read more

Rotary DriveThru breakfast happening May 31st

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-thru breakfast is taking place next Thursday.The event will see club members selling reusable lunch bags filled with breakfast items as well as fresh cups of coffee. Breakfast is by donation but the Rotary Club is asking for donations to be a minimum of $5. The drive-thru will be set up next to the Fort St. John Recreation Centre. Anyone wishing to pre-order a bagged breakfast for themselves or their office can also do so in advance.Last year the club raised close to $12,000 and sold out the 500 breakfasts by 9:00 a.m. Marva Kosick of the Rotary Club explained that this year the club will make 1,000 breakfasts in hopes of raising even more money. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go the completion of the new Rotary Spray Park.For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-Thru Breakfast committee members:Marva (250) 263-7660Lourdes (250) 263-3014Donna (250) 262-6665Carina (250) 794-1606last_img read more

Kumaraswamy dubs raid on JDS leaders as politically motivated

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that the income tax raid on JD(S) leaders overseeing the electioneering of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya and nephew Prajwal Revanna in Hassan was “politically motivated” and he would stage a demonstration against it in Bengaluru along with Congress leaders. “I am going to stage a demonstration in Bengaluru. Let the whole nation see how the income tax department is being misused. These raids are politically motivated,” a visibly upset Kumaraswamy told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The pre-dawn raids at 15 to 20 places triggered an angry backlash from Congress as well as JD(S) leaders. More importantly, the raids were on people who were monitoring the electioneering of the two belonging to the Gowda family, including state minor irrigation minister C S Puttaraju and his nephew Ashok, who is a district Panchayat member in Mysuru. Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna are testing political waters for the first time under the tutelage of Kumaraswamy and PWD minister H D Revanna. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Asserting that he had predicted the raids Wednesday night itself, Kumaraswamy said for the first time the I-T officials raided government offices too, such as PWD office in Hassan and Tahsildar office in Kanakapura. Accusing the principal chief commissioner of income tax department (Karnataka-Goa region) B R Balakrishnan of acting as a “political agent”, the chief minister said he was eyeing on a gubernatorial position post retirement. “A BJP leader sends list of people to Amit Shah, who eventually forwards it to Balakrishnan to carry out raids. Balakrishnan is acting as an agent of BJP. It seems that he wants a post retirement position such as governor of some state,” he added. Kumaraswamy questioned BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa as to whether he could win elections without money. “Note counting machine was found during raids at BJP leaders’ houses. They are now teaching us about honesty. Did the I-T officials find note counting machine at Puttaraju’s house? They are out to frighten us but the fact is the BJP is shaken and wants to win election by intimidating us. We are not the ones who get scared,” said the chief minister. The raids did not perturb Revanna. Speaking to reporters in Hassan, he said, “So long as I have the blessings of Sringeri Sharadamba and Shankaracharya, nothing will happen…Anybody conspiring against me or trying black magic will be destroyed. I am so well protected.” Former chief minister and Congress strongman Siddaramaiah said if the BJP thought that these intimidation tactics would win them the election, then they are wrong in their assumption. Yeddyurappa rubbished the charges, saying the Income Tax department was doing its duty and it should not be linked with politics. Meanwhile, the income tax department in a press release in the wake of the chief minister’s statements to the press, said no MP, MLA or minister had been covered in the searches and they were being carried out on the basis of credible information received. “Certain searches are being carried out by the income tax department in Karnataka Goa on contractors and connected persons. No MP, MLA or minister have so far been covered in the searches. These searches are being carried out on the basis of credible information received,” it said. The searches were carried out on a wide range of professions and businesses including bureaucrats, breweries, MNCs, mining barons, diagnostic centres, trusts, educational institutions, medical colleges, real estate, fisheries, and film industry and including politically exposed persons, said the release. It also said these searches have resulted in collecting credible evidence on tax evasion. The searches on politically exposed persons have covered their entire range of the political spectrum. The I-T department also said CRPF personnel being used for the searches had not been flown from outside the state. “While it is true that CRPF is being used for providing security, the said central armed police personnel were requisitioned from the State Police (ADGP Law and Order) following normal protocol and have not been flown in outside the state,” the release said. The department also said its activities should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. “We also request that the activities of the income tax department should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. In particular statements which sound like an incitement to physical violence issued by persons holding very responsible posts are deeply deplorable,” it added. The Income Tax department is committed to carrying out its functions in a professional and fearless manner. The Department will act on credible information regardless of political affiliations, the release said.last_img read more

Delhi BJPs Purvanchal Morcha to explain govts schemes to parkgoers

first_imgNew Delhi: Purvanchal Morcha workers of the Delhi unit of the BJP will hold interactions with the city park-goers telling them about Modi government’s schemes for their benefit while “exposing” AAP government in Delhi.The teams of Purvanchal Morcha will visit parks across the city, specially in areas dominated by people from Bihar and eastern UP (Purvanchalis) settled in Delhi, and explain to them how Modi government has worked for their welfare Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderin the past five years, president of the Morcha, Manish Singh, said. “The campaign will begin from Thursday with Purvanchal Morcha visiting 15-16 major parks in each of the 14 districts in the national capital to popularise schemes and work of the Modi government,” Singh said. The planning for the park visits by Morcha workers was discussed in a meeting on Wednesday, attended by Singh, vice president of the outfit Jagdamba, general secretary Rahul Ranjan, and district presidents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We will focus on those areas where Purvhanchali population is concentrated in the city,” Singh said. Singh claimed the community, comprising 44 per cent of the Delhi voters, is “disillusioned” by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) which they “wholeheartedly” supported in the 2015 Assembly elections. The Morcha has so far held over 1,200 meetings in different parts of the city having sizeable Purvanchali population. It has set a target to hold 2,000 such meetings by April 20 in the run-up to the general elections, he said.last_img read more

Gallery Mens Basketball vs Maryland

The Ohio State Men’s Basketball team fell to Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 18 in a 75-61 loss. Photos by Casey Cascaldo The Buckeyes exit onto the court prior to the start of the game against Maryland. Ohio State lost 75-61. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

Land Clearing Today In Kenai For New Dog Park

first_imgAccording to the City of Kenai Kenai Fire Department, don’t be alarmed and do not call 9-1-1. Crews are clearing land at the new Kenai dog park by Daubenspeck Park. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享If you are traveling to Kenai on Wednesday, you may smell and our see smoke over by Walmart store. Crews are expected to have the burning completed on Wednesday.last_img