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Afdb Adopts New Gender Strategy

African Development Bank

The Board of the African Development Bank Group has approved its new Gender Strategy for the period 2014-2018, it announced January 23, 2014.

The new strategy provides ?genuinely equal opportunity for men and women ? in both their contribution to and their benefits from Africa?s economic transformation?.

?This represents a major milestone for the Bank, and it puts in place one of the critical foundations for realizing the ?Africa at 50? and ?post-2015? development agendas,? said Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the Bank?s newly appointed Special Envoy on Gender.

According to Fraser-Moleketi, what is new in the strategy is not just the recognition that ?gender equality is a human right, but that development will not happen unless women are fully included in the process?.

The Bank said the gender strategy is closely aligned with its overarching 2013-2022 Strategy, and its core objective of promoting inclusive growth which will broaden the opportunities for both women and men.

The AfDB explains the strategy is built around three mutually reinforcing pillars which were identified as being key to addressing the underlying causes of gender inequalities in Africa. These are strengthening women?s legal and property rights; promoting women?s economic empowerment; and enhancing knowledge management and capacity building on gender equality.

By Ekow Quandzie/GBN

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