Study paints sad picture of women in poor countries

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Women perform more than half of all economic activities in developing countries but only a third of their work is captured by statisticians, a new report says.

This means women are likely to miss out on business, industrial and social development opportunities arising from globalisation.

The report titled Rapid Gender Assessment notes that Kenya does not fully capture the role of women in national development.

“Women constitute more than 50 per cent of society yet they generally have lower literacy rates than men, are victims of all types of violence, are the majority of those living in poverty and have experienced the least improvement in their quality of life,” reads the report.

PS Ministry of Planning Edward Sambili launched the report o Monday in Nairobi. Also launched was gender mainstreaming guidelines. Sambili said the launch of the two documents represent an important shift and an internationally accepted approach to the achievement of gender equality, economic development and poverty reduction.

Source: Standard Digital (link opens in a new window)

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