Women in Africa

Amanda Abiola By Amanda Abiola, 9th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Travel>Africa>Nigeria>Abuja & Around

This article is very close to my heart as my husband is from there and we family there that could be living a better life if it wasnt for the corruption that is still very visible.

Government Corruption

Years of corrupt military MBE, tribal conflicts, femine and weak economic policies have created problems for all Nigerians—but especially women. Although the 1999 constitution calls for basic human rights for all and freedom from gender discrimination, nearly 10 years later women all over Nigeria endure astounding miseries like these.

When is it going to stop?

Here are some facts that might astound you:

• 10 out of 36 Nigerian states have laws that allow husbands to use physical force against their wives
• 60% of women have endured genital cutting and in some southern regions as high as 100%
• Women are often forced to marry very young
• Marital rape is not considered a crime
• Hundreds of Nigerian women are sold to prostitution and trafficking to repay depts.

Conditions are worse for the thousands of widows because the Nigerian girls marry so young, these “widows” young girls are only in their late teens or early 20s. And to make matters worse the unfair laws in these states prevent women from inheriting their husbands’ property, often leaving them and their children in “extreme poverty”. The number of these widowed women continues to grow; and continuing regional conflicts still leave hundreds of women widowed each year, forcing them to find a way to care for themselves and their children, which is usually prostitution and a way to survive.

Here are some interesting facts from the 2007 annual report the women of women international who give as much help as they can to these women and the African population:

• Added depth to our program in four key areas—women are well, women are decision-makers, women have sustainable incomes and women have rebuilt social networks and safety nets. With improvements in these four areas, women are able to move farther along the path to active citizenship and are able to advance women-led community change.

• Enhanced our Monitoring and Evaluation System to better collect quantitative and qualitative impact data, conduct more probing and nuanced analysis of our programs, provide in-depth and transparent reports to donors, supporters and the public and distill lessons learned to guide our program strategies into the future.

• Began the first major revision of A Women’s World training manual since its creation, ensuring that discussion topics provide women with up-to-date information are culturally and contextually appropriate and increase women’s understanding of their rights and how to exercise them.

Use of Sponsorship Funds:

• Food 48.1%
• Clothes 55.3%
• Housing 46.9%
• Medicine 7.0%
• Income Generation 7.8%
• School/School Fees 13.7%

In 2007, Nigeria’s first civilian transfer of power at the national level was marked by widespread
corruption and claims of election rigging and disenfranchisement. Despite the nationwide
political challenges, our Nigerian participants have formed groups to actively pursue their rights
at the local level. Last year, our 29 staff members served 7,576 women. Since 2000, we have
served 23,873 women and facilitated the creation and registration of 250 business cooperatives, benefiting an additional 128,914 family and community members

Nigerian economy

Currently, the Nigerian economy is dependent on the capital-intensive and foreign company dominated oil sector which provides about 20% of GDP (gross domestic product), 95% of foreign exchange earnings, and about 80% of government revenues. The industries, particularly the oil sector employ about 10% of the population, the service industry about 20%; while the agricultural sector employs an overwhelming 70% of the Nigerian Population. The industries as a whole account for 53.1% of the GDP. These statistics show that the income generation of a particular sector is not proportional to the people that it employs.
In spite the importance of agriculture to the economic well-being of most Nigerians, the sector has suffered from years of government neglect, mismanagement, and a lack of basic infrastructure. Nigeria does not encourage long-term investment in technology or modern production methods and does not inspire the availability of rural credit.

So what do we do?

We help the African government to help the people instead of them helping themselves?

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Corruption Of Goverment, Corruptions, Corrution Of Power

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