Month: July 2019

DISCRIMINATORY SOCIAL NORMS THAT ACT AS A BARRIER FOR GIRLS’ AND WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Do you think discriminatory social norms and gender stereotypes act as a barrier for girls’ and women’ economic empowerment? Can you bring examples? What can governments do to address this? Discriminatory social norms are formal and informal social norms and practices that restrict women’s and girls’ rights, access to empowerment opportunities and resources.  They influence…

PATRIARCHY AND ITS EFFECTS IN AFRICA

“Why is she driving the car? Can’t she give her husband the car to drive?” These were the words that came out of my six-year old some years back while we were going out to see a relative. It was not his first time of seeing women drive so I wondered where that came from.…

THE PLIGHT OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED WOMEN AND GIRLS IN NIGERIA

Since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009, Nigeria has an estimated 3.8 million internally displaced persons, out of which 53% are females. The quality of life of internally displaced people in Nigeria is disturbing. Female IDPs are mainly vulnerable and defenseless, due to the trauma they have experienced and having lost the…

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