EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia’s First Lady Fatoumatta Bah Barrow and other African First Ladies of the Organisation of African First Ladies – OAFLAD- have prepared a resolution renewing their call for gender equality and women empowerment in Africa, on the margins of the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
OAFLAD concluded that investing in women and girls will yield high returns for poverty eradication, economic growth, and key to realising a future of sustainable development.
They recognized that women in Africa remain majority of the poor, the dispossessed, the landless, the unemployed, and those working in the informal sector.
The African First Ladies also expressed concerns that whilst gender parity at primary education level is closed to being achieved, the gap is wider at the secondary level, stating that “African women and girls participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at secondary and tertiary level remain minimal.”
The OAFLAD called on all member-states of the African Union, the Heads of State, leaders at community and institutional levels and all stakeholders to honour the commitments made at the Global, Continental and national levels to ensure Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment a reality in our communities.