Launch of 2016 Africa Human Development Report in Rwanda: Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa

Mar 22, 2017

Africa will not meet its development aspirations if it cannot close its significant gender gap that sees more than half the continent socially, economically and politically marginalized. The Africa Human Development Report 2016 titled “Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa”, finds that sub-Saharan Africa loses an average of USD 95 billion annually from the gender gap in labour participation alone, and that African women achieve only 87 percent of the human development outcomes of men, jeopardizing the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063. This Report analyses the political, economic, and social drivers that hamper African women’s advancements and proposes policies and concrete actions to close the still existing gender gap.

The main objectives of the official launch of the Africa Human Development Report 2016 in Rwanda are to present and discuss the report’s key findings and recommendations; to increase stakeholders’ awareness of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues and to discuss achievements, lessons learned and gaps to be addressed in the Rwandan context. Furthermore, women beneficiaries of One UN support initiatives will be provided with an opportunity to share their experiences, achievements and recommendations on how the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda can be further advanced for the benefit of all.

Within this framework, the aim of the interactive panel discussion is to invite professionals from different sectors to provide their broad perspectives on the existing gender gaps in Rwanda, and the steps that we can take to close those gaps.

The report will be launched in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at Marriott Hotel.

Who: Esperance Nyirasafari, Hon. Minister, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion

Hon. Juliana Kantengwa, Member of Parliament

Mr. Stephen Rodriques, Country Director, UNDP Rwanda

Ms. Fatou Lo, UN Women Rwanda Representative a.i.

Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Vice-Governor Central Bank of Rwanda

Dr. Jeannette Bayisenge, University of Rwanda

Mr. Pierre Celestin Rwabukumba, CEO of Rwanda Stock Exchange Ms. Patience Mutesi, CEO of Trademark East Africa (awaiting confirmation)

What: Launch of the Africa Human Development Report 2016: Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment When: Thursday 23 March 2017 (8am Kigali time) Where: at Marriott Hotel (Specific room details for the event to follow).

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For more information and media interviews, contact: Gisele Nyampinga; +250 788 802 820; Novella Nikwigize; + 250 782368740;

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Human development is about expanding human choices - the richness of human life, rather than simply the richness of economies. This idea focuses on people, and their capabilities and opportunities. The Human Development Reports use this approach to analyze some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity to achieve sustainable progress. This is the second-ever Africa Human Development Report. The Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future can be found here.

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