Opinion: Policy shift needed to pull down more gender barriers – Renee Olende

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Business Daily | by Renee Olende


It is impossible to ignore the negative impact of gender norms and inequality on the attainment of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. Progressive development will need to be defined by a shift in fiscal and policy agenda that aims to tackle gender bias, restrictive norms and the barriers that impede progress.

This need is more apparent in low- and middle-income countries in the global south.

It has been said that the shortest distance between two points is partnership. The world is waking up to a new dispensation that has philanthropy, development partners and business leaders embracing innovative collaborations.

The list of initiatives is growing: Co-Impact’s Gender Fund, the $300 million Equality Fund, the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office’s £26 million Africa-led movement to end FGM with programme hubs in…

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