As the fourth industrial revolution unfolds, the future of jobs will be defined by innovation.While more girls are attending school than before, girls are significantly under-represented in STEM subjects in many settings. Women and girls are often foremost among those who miss out.
” says Varanisese Maisamoa, President of the Rakiraki Market Vendors Association.
The women vendors’ insights informed the market reconstruction to include Category-5 cyclone resilient infrastructure, a rain water harvesting system, flood resistant drainage, and a gender-responsive design.
“For most of us women market vendors, we focus only on coming to the market to make money.
But what if there is a cyclone or flooding that makes it impossible for us to be in the market?
When there is a lack of infrastructure, communities around the world depend on women to close the gaps with their time-consuming, back-breaking labour. Because of the distance, I cannot carry anything if I am walking back,” says Mohn Malambi, a member of SOCCOMAD, a newly formed women’s cooperative in Yoko, central Cameroon.
Women in this community have grown food for generations but didn’t have land right or access to markets to sell the food they grew.Fears about harassment and assault may keep women from using urban transport and other infrastructure even if they have ready access to it.Measures such as bright lighting and visible passageways help alleviate their concerns. Meeting that goal requires recognizing that women and girls face particular barriers and have different needs. Progress and real development will only be possible if all people have equal rights and opportunities to thrive.Three years ago, the Government of Cameroon started to build a 250 Km (155 mile) road that would connect rural communities like Yoko with the capital.The women farmers of Yoko seized their moment to start a cooperative, knowing that the road project would bring more people to the area and create access to larger markets for their produce.With UN Women’s support, the Safe Jakarta project is aimed at pinpointing and closing safety gaps.In disaster-prone Fiji, recovery efforts after Tropical Cyclone Winston had to involve women, especially the women vendors of Rakiraki Market.Yet, too many women still die giving birth, especially in poorer countries where services may be limited and poor in quality.With 1,072 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births, Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.