Africa Last Hope Is Her Female Work-Force

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Africa will never be fully developed about with 49% of her workforce currently ignored because some men are still scared of a little girl with a book.

Often when I write blogs like this, sisters are grateful that a brother is thinking of them, brother suspicious, that is about winning women’s favor. Both assumption might be correct, but not important if merged with the real data. No nation, is ever civilized without her female workforce.

According to a report published by VANGUARD on May 08, 2012 and titled “Nigerian women worse off in life than men – REPORT”, Sola Ogundipe wrote as follows:

“Regardless of their educational qualifications, Nigerian women not only occupy fewer positions in the public sector, but earn consistently less income than their male counterparts.

For instance, women occupy fewer than 30 percent of all posts in the public sector and only 17 percent of senior positions. In addition, nearly five times as many judges and permanent secretaries are men rather than women.

While income equality in the formal sector  has  grown over the years, only one in every three employees in the privileged non-agricultural formal sector is a woman.

Worse still, only 15 percent of  Nigeria’s 80.2 million women operate bank accounts and a woman is three times less likely than a man to recieve a bank loan.

There are 54 million women who live and work in rural areas  and even though women constitute 60-79 percent of the rural workforce, a woman is  five times less likely to own land  than a man.

And despite being better educated than their male peers in the micro-enterprise sector, women are less likely to secure loans and three times less likely to be employed.

These and other outcomes are part of key findings of a brand new report entitled Gender in Nigeria Report 2012, which shows that Nigerian women and girls have significantly worse life chances than men and other women and girls in comparable societies.”

The aforesaid report was commissioned by the British Council, Nigeria.

Author: Cade Adams Agbugba

 

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