Why we do it?

It’s an untapped economic force.

It’s about mobilizing young people and their education.

People are yearning for change and women are key to this.

There are 4 main areas that women in Africa struggle with:

Dropping out of education

  • Distance between home and the nearest school. Many individuals walk miles to and from the nearest school every day
  • Health and Hygiene. Research finds that girls’ inability to manage their menstrual hygiene in schools leads to absenteeism, which then has severe economic costs, both personally and societally
  • Child Marriage. 1 in 5 girls around the world marries before the age 18
  • Violence against girls. Every year, an estimated 60 million girls are sexually assaulted on their way to school or at school
  • Many individuals walk miles to and from the nearest school every day

Lack of participation in the labor force

  • Women represent 50% of the growing population of Africa, 47 percent of the tertiary education enrollment, but only 26 percent of the labor force.
  • 32.7% is the average participation of women in the 7 largest economies in Africa
  • 70% of the submerged economy

Under-representation in leadership roles and legislative assemblies

  • Stats show, women are constrained from achieving the highest leadership positions: Only 5% of CEOs are women.
  • Most women managers hold staff roles rather than the line roles. The latter tend to lead to CEO promotion.
  • More women in legislatures equals less corruption.

Access to healthcare

  • Globally, 50% of children under five who die of pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria are in Africa.
  • Increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS among women
  • Continuing high rates of violence against women, including in armed conflict
  • Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the world’s leading cause of death for girls ages 15-19.
  • Approximately 12 million adolescents ages 15-19 and at least 777,000 who are under 15 give birth in developing regions each year.