On Thursday 4 October more than 200 guests attended Ripple Effect’s flagship event The Big Debate at City Hall in London to hear a panel of experts from around the world explore the question, How can gender equality be achieved in Africa?
Professor Cheryl Doss, a senior lecturer in development economics at the University of Oxford, introduced the debate by touching on some of the key issues, including education, law and domestic violence. She highlighted the lack of cross-country data in the World Development indicators for women and girls in Africa, particularly with regard to young married women, who “are the most invisible” in the data. “We have real holes in our knowledge”, Professor Doss shared.
“We need to make sure that these women have property rights, livelihood training and skills so that if their husband divorces them or dies, they can take care of themselves” - Professor Cheryl Doss, The Big Debat