Culture & Society
- 23 Mar 2018Country:Members:Body:As the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is set to withdraw from that country, the UN transferred its radio station to ECOWAS on 23 March. The radio station will promote regional integration, contribute to the education of the West African people and create awareness of ECOWAS programmes and its Vision 2020.
- 08 Mar 2018Body:The employment rate of women in sub-Saharan Africa (59.3%, ILO, 2017) is the highest in the world (45.8%). However, a large majority of African women work in the informal sector, mostly in low-paying jobs. Ten West African countries have more than eight legal provisions restricting women’s ability to obtain jobs in the same way as men.
- 08 Mar 2018Body:International Women’s Day on 8 March offered an opportunity for West African leaders and citizens to reflect on women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements, showcase the progress being made on closing the region’s gender gap and highlight persisting gender inequalities. The day was marked by a large number of gender-focused special events and activities.
- Opinion:Body:Gender equality remains unfinished business worldwide, including in West Africa, and particularly in the Sahel. “Passing laws and devising national strategies are not enough”, highlights an article published by the OECD Development Centre and the SWAC Secretariat on the Development Matters blog.
- Country:Body:Burkina Faso ratified all regional and international conventions on gender equality, adopted a national gender policy in 2009, established a dedicated ministry for the promotion of women and gender issues and developed a large number of action plans and gender programmes. However, gender inequalities therefore persist and national averages often mask strong regional disparities.
- 01 Feb 2018Country:Body:This Human Rights Watch publication draws attention to the conditions of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people (LGBT) in Ghana. It offers a series of recommendations to public authorities to adopt measures aimed at raising public awareness of the harm of homophobia that prevails in the country and the need to combat it.
- Topics:Body:This issue of the Grain de Sel magazine published by Inter-réseaux, is part of a series of reflections on pastoralism in West Africa, which started in 2015. It underlines the linkages between pastoralism in the Sahel and coastal countries, which have often been neglected in development strategies.
- 07 Jan 2018Topics:Body:A new book by Deogratias Niyonkuru from Burundi, offers a large number of ideas and food for thought about the condition of African smallholder farmers. One key message: Farmers are not sufficiently involved in the decision-making processes that concern their future. The book will be presented at a GRIP meeting on 12 January in Brussels.
- 02 Jan 2018Opinion:Body:In this blog post published by IRIN, editor Obi Anyadike draws attention to the many challenges faced by African cities. three key findings: 1) African cities are crowded, “but not economically dense.” 2) African cities are disconnected. 3) African cities are costly, both for residents and businesses. The rapid urban growth is outpacing policy reforms. It is time for urgent reforms in African cities.