Achieving gender equality is not merely a moral and social imperative for Côte d’Ivoire, but also an economic one. Were the country to successfully reduce current levels of discrimination against women in the labour market to bring it in line with the African frontrunners (Tanzania, Rwanda, and Malawi), it could rake in an additional US$6 billion. Reducing these levels even further to bring it on par with the world’s most equitable countries (Norway and Vietnam) would generate US$8 billion in additional earnings, which is 20 percent of Côte d’Ivoire’s current GDP.
It is well documented that South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world. Labelled as the ‘Rape Capital of the World’, South Africans are no strangers to the almost daily horrific tales of gender violence within the country. It remains a critical challenge that is yet to trigger dedicated action to achieve a solid solution. The human impact of gender-based violence is seen every day, however, what about considering the other side of the coin–namely its economic effect?
The WARDC Executive Director, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, in her remarks at a meeting for increasing accountability for women affected by conflict in the North-East for policy influence, organized by Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre in Abuja. noted that girls and women were the most affected by the insurgency in North-East, adding that over 1.9 million people were displaced.