The United Nations WOMEN and the University of Nairobi (African Women’s Studies Centre) envision entering into a collaboration to conduct a research project on the “Cost of Gender Gaps”.


The scope of the research in principle will cover the following countries in East and Horn of Africa Region: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The scope of the research may be adapted in view of the forthcoming UN WOMEN regional architecture. Final selection of countries will be based on data availability and strategic importance in terms of UN WOMEN country programming. The methodology will consist of a desk study culminating in an expert meeting. The expert meeting will serve as a platform to discuss the methodological approach and validate the emerging findings from the desk study. It will also provide an opportunity to raise awareness on the ongoing research process amongst key UN WOMEN staff and stakeholders as well as prepare the ground for wide dissemination and take up of the final report.


The research project will identify where gender gaps are most significant in the East and Horn of Africa Region by looking at the following areas: Social and Political Participation; Economic Participation and Opportunities; Educational Attainment; and Health.

While women in the East and Horn of Africa over the recent years have made some gains in the domains of political rights and empowerment, education, health and access to economic opportunities, gaps remain in many areas. For instance, fewer women participate in formal politics than men and are under-represented in the upper echelons. Primary and secondary school enrollment for girls remain much lower than for boys. Women are more likely to die relative to males especially in childhood and during their reproductive years. Women are also more likely than men to work as unpaid laborers or in the informal sector, to farm smaller plots and grow less profitable crops, operate in smaller firms and less profitable  sectors, and generally earn less.


Ultimately the analysis is expected to help determine and shape UN WOMEN programming in the East and Horn of Africa region taking into account the priority areas outlined in the UN WOMEN strategic plan 2011-2013.


United Nations WOMEN- Donor
University of Nairobi (African Women's Studies Centre) - Implementing Partner

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