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Africa is a woman's name. Their empowerment means the prosperity of a continent Featured

There is international consensus on the importance and need of protecting women's human rights. This position recognises their intrinsic value and the links between their rights and prosperity in general. As Xabier Aldekoa writes in his book Africa Ocean: “African women are the forgotten heroes of Africa because they are not only, though invisible, the engine of the continent but also its more reliable piece: African women never miss an opportunity to ensure their families well-being”.


Despite this recognition, the position of women, not only in Africa but worldwide, continues to be very disadvantageous because the establishment of a legislative framework in defense of gender equality is insufficient. At this point, comes into play the endless discussion between the adoption of policies that treat men and women the same way and the substantive equality, the one that is reflected in society and the one that requires transforming the economic and social institutions in a fundamental way, including the beliefs, norms and attitudes, that shape them.


Within this context of inequality and lack of protection, African women are in a situation of increased vulnerability. Proof of this is that a woman in Sierra Leone is a hundred times more likely to die during childbirth than a woman living in Canada, as noted in the report Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016, recently published by UN Women.


Mujeres TrabajandoOne of the fundamental pillars to put an end to gender inequality and to boost the empowerment of women is paid work which is the supporting pillar of Afrikable activity. We create opportunities for women by creating paid work posts with a wage basis that doubles Kenya´s minimum wage. This adds up to the training and capacity-building that we give to women to break with a patriarchal system in which the role of women is restricted to home duties and childcare.


Afrikable is a collective action centre, a crucial element because women affected by this reality need to share it, to recognize their rights and to learn how to fight for them, something that only happens when we act as a group. One of this rights is the fight to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, which is far from being achieved. This is why the maternity leave enjoyed by Afrikable women makes more sense now than ever.


Fight, strength, commitment, significant advances and a long journey. A journey in which we would like you to be with us and in which we will play music of the one that works as a vehicle to create awareness. Music like the one made by the Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, who made her debut in 2011 with the album Fatou in which she includes the song Makoun Oumou that pays tribute to her compatriots, African women.


Author: Estefanía Vera | Translator: Estefanía Rodríguez

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