AFRICA’S FUTURE IS FEMALE
I the world is serious abouttackling extreme poverty anddisease, then it’s time to stepup our investments in Arica’swomen and girls.It’s time to make a change.
Over the past decade, most eorts inthe ght against poverty have ocusedon delivering high-impact solutions suchas immunisations, bed nets to protectagainst malaria and ertilisers to boostarm yields. These investments haveachieved impressive results and shouldbe expanded. Yet without creating thelong-term conditions or development andsel-suciency – committed, transparentleadership and strong economies – theseresults cannot be sustained.A new development strategy that invests inthe potential o Arican women to improvegovernance and achieve sustainable,equitable economic growth will help Aricaput itsel on a path to meet the MDGs by2015 and to eradicate poverty and achieveprosperity in the years ahead.The recommendations in this report outlinethe steps that all development partnersshould take to improve governance, createeconomic opportunity and increase smartinvestments to meet the MGDs by 2015,especially by tapping into the potential owomen and girls to drive their countries’development.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set o targets aimed at reducing global poverty and disease by 2015. Leaders rom 189 nations committed to these goals when they signed the MillenniumDeclaration at the United Nations General Assembly in 2000. Progress towards the MDGs will be reviewed when world leaders gather or the annual UN General Assembly in September 2010.
uch more needs to be done to unleashthe potential of Africa’s 430 million womenand girls. The United Nations MillenniumDevelopment Goals (MDGs) Summitthis September is one place where theworld must throw its support behind them.
We knowwhat’s needed to unleash the potential of women andgirls around the globe – better hospitals, more girls inschool, easier ways to start and grow a business andgreater opportunities for women to be leaders. Africa’s future depends on the continent meetingsome seemingly impossible challenges over thenext decade: making sure that mothers stop dyingwhile giving birth, carving out a place for itself in theglobal economy, helping farmers grow enough tofeed their families and communities, educating thenext generation of leaders. Africa won’t be successfulunless we invest in the future of its women – asfarmers, mothers, doctors, entrepreneurs – and allowthem to thrive and drive change, from their homes tothe halls of government. The women proled in this report – from the Tanzaniansweet potato farmer to the director general of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission –are the powerhouses behind Africa’s progress overthe last decade, demonstrating what is possible incommunities across the continent.We know that Africa’s future is female. Let’s makesure that future is a bright one by stepping up ourinvestment in women and girls.
Womenmakeup anestimated70% opeopleliving inextremepovertyworldwide