Djibouti, Somalia Show Progress in Tackling Gender Biased Law

ADDIS ABABA – Djibouti and Somalia area showing progress in addressing gender discriminatory laws, said the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday.

The AfDB produced country specific gender profile reports on the two countries as well as Benin, Zimbabwe and Liberia, in collaboration with their respective governments.

The reports evaluate gender equality and offer recommendations to drive parity across a range of metrics, including strategies to bolster the responsiveness of development initiatives.

All the five countries have successfully put national policies in place to advance gender equality, said the Bank.

The countries also have institutional mechanisms dedicated to gender equality, such as the Gender Ministry, Gender focal points and more, according to their the Country Gender Profiles.

The reports nonetheless conclude that women remain disproportionately affected by poverty, and that the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated gender inequality.

During the pandemic, women experienced an increase in gender-based violence, and bore the burden of performing unpaid work or low-paying labor in the informal sector, the AfDB’s reports said.

The Bank recommend that gender equality be prioritized in Covid-19 recovery programs.

“The country gender profiles are timely as countries define actions and policies to support recovery from the pandemic. said Amel Hamza, Acting Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society at the Bank.

“We hope these reports will help address this important challenge,” Hamsa added.

The African Development Bank issued its first Country Gender Profiles in 2004. The latest publications in the series are part of a roll out of its new Gender Strategy for 2021-2025: “Investing in Africa’s women to accelerate inclusive growth.”