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African Gender equality: Addressing one of the 6 areas of development

Starting from this article:

Empowering women to boost African development

in which these 6 areas of development are described:

"Addressing African women’s needs

Despite these encouraging developments, much remains to be achieved on gender equality and women’s empowerment across the region.

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  • Education - The female primary school completion rate is among the lowest in the developing world, at 57 per cent (10 percentage points below that of boys) and the percentage of enrolment of girls compared with boys in secondary education fell from 82 per cent in 1999 to 79 per cent in 2007.
  • Employment - Women’s labour force participation is another area of concern. In the non-agricultural sector, only about 25 percent of women are employed in Africa, with more than 70 percent in the unstructured, precarious and vulnerable informal sector.
  • Property Rights - Women’s property rights, particularly land rights, are unmet policy commitments within this area, as considerable gender inequalities persist in access to land and property.
  • Maternal Mortality - Reducing maternal mortality in the region is another challenge, since negligible progress has been made so far. Maternal deaths (per 100,000 live births) stood at 920 in 1990 and dropped only to 900 in 2005 (according to the 2009 UN MDG report).
  • HIV/AIDS - In contrast with other regions, almost 60 percent of people living with HIV in Africa are female, and women and girls bear a disproportionate burden in providing care for AIDS-affected families and communities.
  • Gender-based violence is another area of concern in many countries and is especially alarming in crisis or post-conflict States like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone."
I've picked Education as a matter to further research and i discovered CAMFED.

The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) works in Africa to fight poverty and AIDS in rural Africa by educating girls and creating economic and leadership opportunities for them when they graduate.

They organized a fun contest called, “Live from Africa” a few weeks ago challenging Facebook Cause and SocialVibe members to recruit new supporters for Camfed. The prize was a chance to see Camfed’s programs on the ground in rural Africa.


When you educate a girl in Africa, everyting changes. She'll be three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25 percent more income and have a smaller, healthier family.

Read more about this wonderful campaign here:


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Comment by Michele Baron on April 19, 2010 at 4:20pm
have read about/read CAMFED. Like their monthly video and school/impact sites... thank you for the post
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 12, 2010 at 4:29pm
Good post. Teaching in Africa might be in my future. Ah well we shall see!


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