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Women Are Key Drivers Of Economic Growth, Reports UN

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This study points out that with women projected to comprise a majority of the world’s urban dwellers and head increasing numbers of households, gender equality in employment, housing, health and education, is vital to ensure the prosperity of the cities of the future.


“Addressing the barriers to women’s participation in cities creates a situation where women’s potential is more fully realized and households, communities and governments also reap rewards”.

This affirms that women and men should enjoy equal rights and opportunities in cities on moral/ethical, economic and political grounds. In this way it will not only engender women’s well-being but also increase their individual and collective prosperity, as well as the prosperity of the cities in which they reside.

Produced by the Nairobi-based UN Human Settlements Programme, known as UN-HABITAT, which is mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all, the report also stressed the need to address unemployment and other disadvantages that hobble urban youth.


Chimpreports interacted with several women who firmly commend UN’s report, agreeing that empowerment of urban women and youth is vital for future prosperity of cities.


According to Dorothy Kyamazima , Public Relations Assistant at The Human Rights Centre Uganda, if the weaker or most vulnerable people in society are empowered then the chances of future prosperity are heightened. She believes ther will be more creation of jobs and realization of their rights.


The report called for policies to enhance gender equality, equity and prosperity of women in cities, noting that cities of the future will comprise a majority female component, especially among people older than 60 and even more so among those older than 80 years.


Phionah Komugisha, a student at Kyambogo University is certain that empowerment of women will reduce the dependency of women on men and cash flows are bound to increase as more women will be employed in influential roles.


The report indicates that ‘feminization’ of the global labour force tends to be associated with urbanization, with the related concentration of women in export-manufacturing, the service sector and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), it said, adding that women, especially the urban poor, are disadvantaged in terms of equal access to employment, housing, health and education, asset ownership, experiences of urban violence, and ability to exercise their rights.

“There are many opportunities in urban centers but it’s like only the men run the business city and the women do the red light streets. So with this empowerment, we will be able to create more opportunities to support women develop,” noted Akello Sandra, Public Relations and Marketing manager at Elohim Child Development Association and Skyline Experiences.


“This will also lead to more production in Uganda and increase in GDP,” added Akello.


UN-HABITAT’s State of Urban Youth Report 2012/2013 stressed that while the young are “society’s most important and dynamic human resource” – with 1.3 billion between ages 12 and 24, most of them living in urban areas – nearly 45 per cent of them, some 515 million, live on less than $2 a day.

It called for better aligning educational and training systems with the current and future needs of young people, so that they cannot only discern developmental issues but may even be capable of suggesting innovative solutions to deep problems of development and growth.

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