Poverty is one of the major social issues obstructing growth and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, the core of many international conflicts is the devastating effects of poverty and inequality among African nations.
Women are in the forefront of these inequalities. Disempowerment and poverty are directly proportional; however, in the modern era, women are an important part of the international development agenda.
Nations are implementing gender and poverty interventions to ensure that in future generations both males and females enjoy ample opportunities for growth and development.
The following are some of the gender and poverty intervention measures that can be implemented by African nations to fight poverty and decrease inequality between the genders.
• Women need to be the part of the decision-making and policy-making in households. This will result in greater income and diminish cases of gender-based violence. It will result in the empowerment of women and provide them with equal rights.
• Women make many non monetary contributions in the form of the care work they perform. Because women are responsible for taking care of families and households, they have less time for education and formal work. African nations need to reform their policies so that women can also be the part of formal society.
• Nations should provide gender-based development programs that focus on raising the living standard of women as well as offer them a better position in society.
• There poverty interventions should not increase the number of unpaid women laborers and create pressure on a nation’s growth. Women should be provided with equal opportunities for growth and development so they can be as equally educated and trained as males. There should not be any gender discrimination in society soth at females can achieve independence, self-motivation and confidence.
• Poverty and gender inequalities are structural problems, so a structural solution is needed to eradicate them. Gender and poverty interventions should be designed in a way to target sustainable development goals to ensure that problems like unpaid labor, sexual and reproductive rights and gender-based violence are addressed.
Meanwhile, programs also need to specify and identify the structural barriers to achieving the targets.
By enacting gender and poverty interventions, nations in Sub-Saharan Africa can ensure that women not only play a major part in economic development but also help in designing new policies for growth.
AGILE International is developing and implementing programs to help women rise out of poverty through education, training and networking.