In a statement on Friday during the 10th Namibian Women’s Summit in Windhoek, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said this lack of salary parity persists even though women make up the majority of those in agriculture.

The summit is an annual forum for businesswomen, women entrepreneurs, women in leadership and emerging young women.

She also said African women provide 70 percent of agricultural labour, and produce 90 percent of all food.

“African women have the ability to enhance business performance and innovation. Despite this fact, they continue to be over-represented in low-paid jobs and vulnerable jobs,” she said.

She further said most women carry the bulk of unpaid care work although nothing is being done to reduce the illiteracy.

“To a large extent, the future of African growth is in the hands of women. Economic changes in recent decades have shifted traditional power structures, and witnessed the emergence of concepts that emphasize gender equality,” she said.

In another speech delivered by Skype, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is the executive director of United Nations Women, said Namibian women have more capacity to implement gender equality.

“Namibia has laws in place that promote gender equality,” she said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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