While significant progress has been made across numerous fronts in most countries, gender equality for African women and girls is still far from satisfactory. The Motsepe Foundation’s support for the achievement of this Global Goal is focused on three key areas:
Information in the form of the Little Black Book to empower women; gender responsive budgeting to ensure that women’s needs are accounted for in provincial and national processes; and STEM education to promote the participation and retention of women in STEM subjects within the education value chain.
Recognising that supporting girls and women in STEM is one of the most central pillars for Africa’s equitable sustainable future, building a STEM pipeline for girls is a key focus for the Motsepe Foundation.
A 2016 report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) shows the staggering costs of not investing in women. This equates to a loss of US$95 billion a year to the continent’s GDP for maintaining the persistent gender gap.