Here are six issues brought into the spotlight as a result of the summit this week, reminding the world that things are improving for the people of Africa. Africa is a continent which is home to six of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world, according to the Washington Post.
“As we watch the rates of child marriage decline, we can expect to see more girls in school for a longer time, more girls accessing health and protection services, less violence against women and girls, more qualified women participating in the labor force,” Martin Mogwanja, UNICEF deputy executive director, said in Ethiopia in May.
In an annual newsletter written by Bill Gates earlier this year on behalf of his foundation, the billionaire philanthropist noted income has climbed by two-thirdssince 1998 in Africa and more and more nations are “turning toward strong sustained development.” Countries like Nigeria — where the above photo was taken in an ice cream parlor — have experienced significant middle class expansion in recent years.
In Rwanda, 64 percent of the country’s parliamentary seats are held by women (the world’s highest proportion), and gender rights have become staples in the state’s constitution, the Guardian reported.