Ms. Oulimata Sarr

Regional Director UN Women, West and Central Africa

Ms Oulimata SARR currently serves as UN Women’s
Regional Director for West and Central Africa, covering
24 countries. Ms. Sarr with her team support
Governments in adopting international standards to
achieve gender equality and women empowerment in
partnership with civil society organizations and partners.
UN Women works to make the ambition of the
Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and
girls by implementing programs on several thematic
areas such as women economic empowerment, women
peace and security, ending violence against women,
leadership and political participation, data and gender
responsive budgeting.
Before joining UN Women, Ms Oulimata spent 10 years
with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a
member institution of the Group of the World Bank and
the largest development institution in the world that
focuses exclusively on the private sector. She served in
various positions ranging from Finance to Donor
relations and partnerships and focused several years on
conflict affected states in Africa.
Ms Sarr is a graduate of HEC Montreal (Canada) and
holds a MBA from the University of Bedfordshire (UK)

4.00 - 5.00 PM Discussion

Tuesday 24th Nov

Gender Equality: what’s the status quo?

The status quo of gender equality in Africa refers to the current state of affairs as it is, or in other words, the oppression women receive to this moment. Women
are responsible for 60% of the work done globally, yet earn just 10% income and 1% of the property. In Africa, 70% of women are financially excluded. The continent has a US$42 billion financing gap between men and women. In addition, there exist many other causes for gender inequality in Africa being: lack of legal protection, lack of bodily autonomy, poor medical care, societal mindset, uneven
access to education…