ASPIRE MAMA AFRICA

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.

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