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Women and Sustainable Human Development

Empowering Women in Africa

  • Maty Konte
  • Nyasha Tirivayi

Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change book series (GDSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maty Konte, Nyasha Tirivayi
      Pages 3-12
  3. Climate Change and Gender

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Belinda Archibong, Francis Annan
      Pages 15-35
    3. Linguère Mously Mbaye
      Pages 37-49
    4. Gregor Schwerhoff, Maty Konte
      Pages 51-67
  4. Women’s Land Rights and Agricultural Productivity in East Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Francis Mwesigye, Madina Guloba, Mildred Barungi
      Pages 71-88
    3. Tigist M. Melesse, Yesuf M. Awel
      Pages 89-108
  5. Maternal Health and Education

  6. Labour Market Participation and Unpaid Care Work

About this book


This book adds significantly to the discourse surrounding the progress made in empowering women in Africa over the last decade, providing strong research evidence on diverse and timely gender issues in varied African countries. Topics covered include climate change and environmental degradation, agriculture and land rights, access to – and quality of – education, maternal and reproductive health, unpaid care and women’s labor market participation, financial inclusion and women’s political participation. Cross cutting issues such as migration, masculinities and social norms are also addressed in this volume, which is aimed at policy makers, academics, and indeed anyone else interested in the UN Sustainable Development Goal of the empowerment of women and girls.


Climate Change Meningitis Health Education Human Capital Agricultural Productivity Tenure Security Maternal Health Care Disability Unpaid Care Work Gender Inequality Informal Employment Sustainable Development Rural-Urban Migration Child Obesity Patriarchy Contraception Corruption Political Economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Maty Konte
    • 1
  • Nyasha Tirivayi
    • 2
  1. 1.United Nations University (UNU-MERIT)MaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.United Nations University (UNU-MERIT)MaastrichtThe Netherlands

About the editors

Maty Konte is Research Fellow at the United Nations University in the Netherlands (UNU-MERIT) and Vice President of the NGO Women and Nature International in New York City, USA. She has worked with a range of international organisations and African think tanks and is Team Member of INCLUDE, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies. She is also affiliated to the African School of Economics in Cotonou, Benin. Her major interests include policy-relevant research on economic development, gender and institutions.

Nyasha Tirivayi is Research Fellow at the United Nations University in the Netherlands (UNU-MERIT). She has more than 15 years of experience in development research and practice, including working and consulting for UN agencies, international non-governmental organisations and women’s organisations in Africa. She has published research on women’s healthcare, HIV/AIDS, social protection and agricultural innovation.

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