Gender : August 2004
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The problem of inequality is exacerbated by the scarcity of gender and sex disaggregated data which hinders gender-sensitive policy and decision-making. Data insufficiency also hampers optimal allocation of resources for programmes, including inter-temporal investment expenditures and the tracking of African countries' performance in addressing gender inequalities in education, health and all the other sectors. Notwithstanding these discouraging realities, it is important to recognize that some governments have, over the last ten years, consistently committed to improving the status and condition of women in Africa. This is reaffirmed by the resounding support that the Declaration on Gender Equality was given by the member States of the African Union at the Third Ordinary Session of Heads of State in Addis Ababa in July 2004. Recognizing the on-going efforts to improve gender outcomes in African countries, this paper presents some of the ECA initiatives in response to the scarcity of gender- and sex-disaggregated data, gender and poverty, educational outcomes with respect to gender, and the under-representation of women in high-level .