Behind the Scenes: Young Women and Gender-Based Inequities in Africa’s Creative Sector

Project Duration

2023 - 2026

Project Funder

The Mastercard Foundation

Supporting Project Partners

Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern and Africa (OSSREA), Addis Ababa, University of Cape Coast, University of Lagos - Department of Sociology and Department of Creative Arts, The University of Rwanda, LAREM - Laboratoire de Recherches Economiques et Monetaires

ICRW Project Director

Chimaraoke Izugbara, Private: Marion Ouma


The Behind the Scenes project focuses on the gender-related challenges of young women in the Creative Sectors of seven African countries, namely: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Uganda. The project will leverage the ingenuity and energy of young creatives and researchers in these countries to explore the gender norms and practices affecting young women’s access to dignified and fulfilling work in the Creative Sector.

Project Snapshot:

  • Goal: Generate and disseminate evidence on the multiple and intersecting issues impacting young women creatives’ access to dignified and fulfilling work in African countries
  • Areas of focus: Gender norms, work, and women’s economic participation
  • Target group: Young African women creatives
  • Where: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Nigeria, and Uganda
  • Duration: November 2023 – November 2026 (3 years)

The Behind the Scenes project’s comprehensive approach aims not only to generate evidence but to also foster an inclusive landscape where the talents of young women contribute significantly to the vibrant tapestry of Africa’s Creative Sector.

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