Green jobs for women in Africa

The transition to a green economy will create many new jobs around the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Will women share-in these new jobs, and will the economic transformation help women move into higher-paid, more stable jobs that require more education and skills? The short answer is “yes” – provided countries adopt strong policies and programmes to make it happen. This study assesses the potential for women’s participation in green jobs in sub-Saharan Africa. It identifies and analyses in detail sectors where green job growth is likely to be greatest. In each sector, it uses women’s current share of jobs as a proxy to gauge the degree of ease or difficulty for women to access green jobs. It identifies, as well, the barriers women face in the labour market. In particular, the report considers the potential for high-level, well-paying jobs for women in the greening areas of the economy.

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