African Network for Women in Infrastructure (ANWIN)
ANWIN is the African Network for Women in Infrastructure which was endorsed by the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) in its Second Ordinary Session in Cairo from 17 to 18th April 2019 and officially launched at the 5th Edition of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week in Cairo in November 2019.
“Women are under-represented in decision-making positions in all infrastructure sectors. Globally, only 19% of leadership positions in the infrastructure sector are held by women. Women also only make up 18% of staff in infrastructure ministries.”
Increasing women’s participation in the infrastructure development value chain has the potential for transformational and sustainable growth in Africa. There is a general agreement that Africa suffers from an infrastructure deficit. While all Africans are affected by this deficit and poor infrastructure, the burden of this infrastructure deficit and lack of local infrastructure is greatly carried by marginalized groups, whose members are disproportionally women.
Where electricity is not available or unreliable, women carry a large share of the burden of producing heat and light, such as through collection of firewood, with cooking representing the heaviest consumption of fuel., In sub-Saharan Africa, 71 per cent of the burden of collecting water for households falls on women and girls. A study done by the African Development Fund, Human Development Department (OSHD), indicated that women in Ghana spend 700 hours a year fetching and transporting water As a result, many African women face a double workday – at least 50% longer than men making them chronically time-poor, and often forcing them to make hard choices. Without access to infrastructure service delivery, women are also largely underrepresented in the public and private infrastructure space (preparation, construction, O&M, research and analysis etc.) in Africa.
The African Network for Women in Infrastructure (ANWIN), is established to promote an inclusive approach for transformational and sustainable infrastructure development under the Programme for Infrastructure Development Africa (PIDA). ANWIN addresses the gap in gender-responsive infrastructure planning, development, and implementation in Africa.
ANWIN builds on the success of PIDA by fulfilling the African Union Agenda 2063 Aspiration 6 and further strengthens dialogue, coordination, and collaboration with all stakeholders in the African infrastructure development ecosystem.
The goal of the ANWIN is to provide a high-level strategic engagement platform that will bring all infrastructure stakeholders together to ensure a gender-responsive planning and implementation of infrastructure.
ANWIN AREAS OF ENGAGEMENT: