The participation of women in the labour force has been increasing as a result of an increase in economic development in several SADC Member States. However, there are notable gaps between men and women in labour force participation.
Category - Productive Resources and Employment
Positive progress has been made in this area as all to note that all SADC Member States have provisions for maternity leave ranging from 12 weeks to 4 months with pay. Paternity leave provision is generally a short period of leave for the father immediately following childbirth.
Access to Information Communication Technology (ICT) is essential for men and women as an enabling factor to reach full potential through participation in development initiatives. ICT is a strategic resource for economic growth and social welfare.
The proportion of women in the labour force continues to rise and almost everywhere women are working more outside the household.
Women continue to earn less income and are more often affected by long-term unemployment than men. This is due to socio-economic disadvantages caused by gender-based discrimination and the multiple roles of women, being workers and caretakers for the society.
Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) is one of the most effective tools to mainstream gender in policies and plans, to redress inequalities and to promote the economic, social and political rights of women and men.