African Governments Continue To Address, Make Progress On Gender Challenges

Huffington Post (World Bank) Closing the Gender Gap: Lessons from Africa
Makhtar Diop, vice president for Africa at the World Bank; Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Senegal’s minister of health and social action; and Cristina Duarte, minister of finance, planning, and public administration in Cabo Verde

“…[G]overnments, researchers, and many others in Africa have set about generating evidence to determine what works and what does not work to address the many gender challenges that are preventing them from making even greater progress. … The fact that we are seeing a proliferation of such rigorous evidence on measures to address gender issues in Africa gives us great hope. Firstly, it signifies that we have moved well beyond the tendency to include gender in development policy as a well-meaning token, and can now systematically develop rigorously tested solutions that work in practice. Secondly, it gives Africa the rare opportunity to lead the global policy dialogue on gender and speak for itself, by its own actions, rather than being spoken about, and prescribed to, by others” (2/25).