There is still a significant disparity between men and women in the work place and in society. The gap is more pronounced in Africa and other developing regions not just as a result of long held cultural or traditional values, but also because of significant labor market discontinuity issues. As it is well established, the fertility rate among women is much higher in Africa and other developing countries, compared to the situation among advanced economies. As women jump too frequently out of the work force to have babies, these labor market discontinuities can very negatively become consequential on the quality of life and overall economic development if policy does not provide measures to protect incomes and skills obsolescence. The United Nations so-called Beijing Platform for Action is an agenda for women's empowerment aimed at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and at removing all the obstacles to women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making. Discussions on this agenda should happen with more frequency in our communities. Clearly in Africa, we urgently need this principle of balancing shared power and responsibility to be established between women and men at home, in our communities and in our national lives if we are to have a speedier pace of economic growth and development with a higher quality of life for all. Fortunately, goals 4 and 5 among the 17 goals of the newly approved Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations speak to issues of inclusive and equitable quality education with life long learning opportunities for all and also gender equality and empowerment for women and girls. It is good we now have these so called SDGs. I believe that they will help governments to set their goals for inclusive growth. In all this, I hope that policy makers in Africa are themselves competitive in coming up with solutions to their local problems which are becoming increasingly global in dimension. In this regard focus must be given to community and business competitiveness in networking, using products like Red in Africa that are aimed to connect communities, businesses and professionals throughout Africa. Even in gender balancing with skills development, the more connected we are the faster we will grow and the stronger we will be. I am Magnus Kpakol and that's my view.
Posted: Oct 7th, 2015 @ 01:58:09 AM