Opportunities for jobs and entrepreneurship for women in Senegal and Burkina Faso’s green transition

A partnership between GlobalCAD, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and UN Women sheds light on the vast opportunities awaiting women in Burkina Faso and Senegal amidst their journey towards sustainability.

The technical briefs, based on reports authored by GlobalCAD, spotlight the pathways for women’s participation in the green economy initiatives of these African nations.

The Great Green Wall Initiative is a monumental project spanning the Sahel region. Designed to restore 100 million hectares of land, sequester 250 million tons of carbon, and create 10 million jobs by 2030, the initiative underscores the intersectionality of environmental restoration and economic empowerment, especially for women.

The green transition in Burkina Faso and Senegal is expected to have an integrated approach, intertwining green economy objectives with gender equality imperatives.

Despite constituting a significant portion of the workforce, women in Burkina Faso and Senegal confront multifaceted obstacles. Wage disparities, underrepresentation in leadership roles, and limited access to resources impede their economic agency. The burden of unpaid care work further constrains their avenues for income and education.

Nevertheless, opportunities abound in green sectors such as agriculture, forestry, energy, and waste management. Most of them are expected to arise in the short term through women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses. To harness this potential, strategies must prioritize women’s access to education, training, and green finance. Establishing women’s networks and innovative value chains centered on non-timber forest products are critical steps towards fostering inclusivity and sustainability.

Investing in women’s equal access to land and assets is not only an investment in their future but a commitment to humanity and the planet. Women play a pivotal role in providing security and stability in rural communities, holding immense potential to contribute to land restoration activities.

Green Job Opportunities in Senegal

Green Job Opportunities in Burkina Faso
Geisel García Graña
Geisel García Graña
Geisel is Communication & Ecosystem Manager for GlobalCAD and a consultant in communication and sustainable cities. She has a PhD. in Communication Sciences by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. @geiselgg