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In looking for a feed on WomenWatch, the article on empowering women to boost African development sprung out at me as I am drawn to anything to do with African development! the article brought forward some very positive informaton about what women are doing for their various African countries and it was nice to focus on an article which records the empowerment of women rather than discussing the oppression which is so prevalent. However the article does not skip over such oppression, stating that in Sub-Saharan Africa, progress toward achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment has been
modest, but bring ing to light that several countries have been spearheading policies that
address women’s needs.
One of the most notable achievements has been to elevate the debate on gender to
the national level, with countries like Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso or
Liberia integrating gender concerns into their national development
plans and poverty reduction strategies. Which clearly points out the seriousness with which inequality between genders is being met.
The article also discussess the progress in women’s political representation. For instance, the
South African election of April 2009 saw women’s representation in
Parliament rise to 45 per cent (from 34 per cent before the election).
Uganda’s parliament is now comprised of 30.9 per cent women, whilst in
Rwanda, the proportion of women in parliament is now 56 per cent, the
highest in the world.
However the article also expresses that despite encouraging developments, much remains to be achieved on gender equality and women’s empowerment across the region. With regards to: