5 September, 2018
Infrastructure Africa provides platform for women to take part in Africa's economic development
Infrastructure Africa Business Forum in Sandton is providing
a platform for women's development in traditionally
male-dominated infrastructure sectors.
"The role of women in Africa's
economic development remains a central issue with gender
inequality thwarting growth in many countries. The women of
Africa currently represent an untapped economic force that
is necessary for the continent's socio-economic development
as well the optimisation of its potential," said Liz Hart,
Managing Director of Infrastructure Africa.
Women are catalysts for meaningful
change on the African continent and that women and women
leaders will be critical in leading our continent into a new
future is very evident. As such,
that promote African women's economic participation is a
prerequisite if Africa is to experience its predicted growth
within the next few decades.
In most African countries, only
about a third of women participate in economic activities,
however research shows that when women are actively
involved, the improvement is measureable: In Africa, women's
economic participation encourages increased GDP, better
governance within political structures and improved
performance as a result of leadership within
And it's not only women's economic
participation that's needed - women in Africa need to become
more representative in most spheres, including in
infrastructure sectors, and women need to become more
involved in the decision-making and planning of
infrastructure projects and programmes.
In addition, the burden of infrastructure deficit is carried
mostly by women, who walk kilometres per day and spend hours
collecting water as well as wood for cooking and heating.
Thus the design of infrastructure programmes needs to
prioritise such gender-specific issues to ensure that women
are able to carry out their everyday chores more
efficiently, allowing more time for family care, educational
opportunities, productive work and participation in
Although significant progress on
the integration of gender in the infrastructure domain has
taken place in the last decade, much more is needed to
establish women's inclusivity in African infrastructure.
The event aims to provide opportunities for women to unlock
opportunities for growth in the African infrastructure arena
and this can be in the form of personal growth through
learning, meeting business mentors, creating new business
connections through the key people attending and growing
their existing infrastructure businesses by doing deals.
The Infrastructure Africa 2-day
conference takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from
9 - 10 October 2018 and will host several leading women
infrastructure experts as speakers as well as participants
who are active in Africa's infrastructure sectors. Women
are invited to participate to learn, network and grow their
businesses by accessing the project development
opportunities on offer at this Business Forum.
Source: Infrastructure Africa