Women across Africa are becoming more empowered, with more girls attending primary and secondary school and women in positions of political power. Today, the proportion of seats held by women in African national parliaments - nearly 20 per cent - is second only to Latin America and the Caribbean. Early marriage, inequitable household power dynamics and low economic opportunities for women, however, are slowing progress. Furthermore, African women continue to bear much of the consequences of external shocks such as climate change. Importantly, prioritizing women’s health, education, political participation and access to paid work can have powerful spill-over effects on human development progress.
UNDP focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment not only as a human right, but also as a pathway to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development. UNDP helps coordinate African regional and national efforts to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and the environment. Read more