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Creativity to close the Gender Gap that is Expected to Take over a Century

Gender equality takes the central attention of many countries in the world and Africa is no exception. Gender equality is not just a moral value but also an economic benefit to the individual and the country they are related with. It incorporates political, social and cultural dimensions as well as self-reported welfare and contentment around the globe.

Over the past few decades numerous countries have made a remarkable progress towards gender equality and equal pay for the equal education level requirement.  Nevertheless female workers still earn less than their male counterparts in the same level. This discourages women to pursue carrier especially at the top management level. Such inequalities represent a waste of resource spent educating women while it also signifies a neglect to women’s skilful contributions. Experts stress on using all talents and skills from both genders to maximize economic growth initiatives.   

Although women’s participation is increasing on both employment and entrepreneurs levels there still remains a huge gap. Perception and cultural barriers also play a great role discouraging women from taking part in economic activities. The problem of gender gap is creating imbalance and failure to take action so fast could put growth problem and hinder economic development says the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report.  Due to such inequalities developments towards equality has slowed with a gap of 59%. Several factors contributed to lack of parity with wages. Globally on average female earning history shows just over half of male earning history. On the other hand participation of women in workforce is only 54% this is very low compared to the male participation which reaches 81%. The World Economic Forum estimates the gender gap will not close until 2186 implicating 169 years to wait before gender equality dominates. Nevertheless the gap in education has narrowed down the gap reaching 95%.  

Skills and technology are to determine industrial revolution to bring up sustainable economic growth and benefits to society. This urgency is eminent to speed up progress towards gender equality that will be translated into economic development according to the World Economic Forum. Globally it’s widely recognized that parity of gender is prerequisite for effective and sustainable development. In Africa and elsewhere there have been many developments regarding women empowerment. At times some African countries had better performed than Europe increasing women representation in parliament with one-third representation according to African Development Bank (AfDB). However women in the continent face challenges in terms of taking part in business and employment. Despite African women work 50% more hours than men the salary gap between male and female is very wide resulting slow economic development according to AfDB.

Recent developments show that head of states have shown substantial commitments towards gender equality and women’s empowerment said Estelle Verdier Managing Director of East Africa of Jumia Travel. However a lot must be done to achieve this on the continental level in Africa to fully take advantage of women’s potential and creativity she added. Indeed progress has been identified in reducing gender parity problems. The introduction of laws and policies that encourage equality between men and women has improved the initiative although there is still a need of focus on implementation of the laws and policies in order to achieve equality at full scale before counting more than a century.   

By Eden Sahle. She can be reached at eden.sahle@jumia.com  
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