The power of parity to advance women’s equality in Africa
“Gender inequality in Africa remains high, and progress toward gender parity has stagnated. This is a large missed opportunity for African societies and for the continent’s growth prospects,” finds a new report published by the McKinsey Global Institute. While Africa’s progress on gender equality is similar to other regions when it comes to work, Africa lags behind on progress toward gender equality in society. Africa has the highest average maternal mortality rate of any region - four times the global average. Child marriage, violence against women and legal protection remain major challenges. As a way forward, the report suggests five priority areas to achieve more gender parity in Africa: 1) invest in human capital; 2) create economic opportunities; 3) leverage technology; 4) shape attitudes; and 5) enforce laws, policies and regulations.