Front role: Sweden Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Carl-Miceal Grans to his immediate right, the Global Co-Chairman, Men Engage Africa, Mr. Bafana Khumalo and to his immediate left, the Nigerian Co-Chairman Men Engage Africa, with participants to a meeting on gender equality in Africa. Photo: Azizatu Sani RN
Gender inequality in Africa remains high, posing a risk of an economic loss of over $300bn by 2025.
It will take more than a century to close the gap between men and women in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap index. North Africa fared even worse.
The continent must step up efforts to achieve equality and balanced societies for socio-economic development, a non-governmental organization, Men Engage Africa said during a meeting in Abuja.
The organization said using boys and men in advocacy for equality and women’s rights was fundamental to the attainment of gender parity in Africa.
Sweden Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Carl-Michael Grans, who declared the meeting opened said gender equality, cannot be successful without the involvement of the male especially in countries where women and girls are underrepresented.
“Research shows that gender-equal societies enjoy better health, stronger economic growth, and higher peace and security.
The Global Co-Chairman of Men Engage Africa, Mr. Bafana Khumalo said the organization was collaborating with women organizations to champion the course of gender equality on the African continent.
” Africa is a rich continent in many respects particularly in terms of its human resource and we need to ensure that all its citizens can participate meaningfully in all the programmes that would make a difference”
The two-day meeting with participants from 22 Africa countries will focus on governance and network building as platforms to achieve gender equality in Africa.