AU Watch

Diversity And Gender Equality

Gender equality is a human right. Gender inequality in Africa remains high, and progress toward gender parity has stagnated. This is a large missed opportunity for African societies and for the continent’s growth prospects.

We are committed to and Africa that values human dignity and equality; we strive to drive innovation, performance, and productivity by empowering our diverse workforce to use their unique skills, ideas, perspectives, and qualities every day; and we support staff in realizing their full potential by removing employment-related disadvantages and barriers to participation, including through flexible working arrangements.

Addressing sex and gender identity discrimination and inequalities means meeting the different needs of women and men while being aware that this includes men and women who are transgender as well as those who are not. It also involves taking account of the legitimate needs and aspirations of people who are non-binary, intersex or with any other gender definition.

Africa needs new impetus in its journey toward gender parity. Making progress on gender inequality is likely to require systematic action on a range of indicators by governments, companies, communities, and individual men and women. Our programs
• address deep-rooted attitudes about and behavior toward women.
• are designed to achieve sustained impact.
• work with women as partners to identify issues and engage the most appropriate stakeholders who can be male or female but need to be effective agents of change.
• incorporate monitoring and evaluation to track progress and provide information that can drive accountability and commitment to goals.

For more information on what and how we women contribute to the democratic practice, click here.