Women are already a powerful force for growth in Africa.
They are economic actors, workers, property owners, and entrepreneurs. Recognizing this fact is the first step to ensuring that women have fair access to the labour market, enjoy full rights to own property, and do not face even greater barriers to doing business than men do.
Uganda is a leader in Sub-Saharan Africa in recognizing linkages between economic growth and gender issues. These linkages are critical for achieving a variety of development goals: A recent World Bank study suggests that the country could gain as much as 2 percentage points of GDP growth a year by eliminating gender inequality. The Government of Uganda’s Poverty Eradication Action Plan 2004 indicates that a one-time benefit of up to 5 percent of GDP could be realized.