Women in many parts of the African continent perform up to 80% of the labor in their respective countries, yet are often denied basic rights, such as the right to own land, to access credit, and to operate their own businesses. They are the fundamental caregivers and providers of their families, yet many of them are vulnerable to poverty because they are denied education. Their poverty leaves them at even greater risk for sexual exploitation and child marriage.
Here is a video produced by the Africare, an NGO committed to sustainable development in Africa, discussing how women are critical to ensuring development in Africa. Programs like theirs have been integral to closing the gender gap that exists in many African states. Take a look and see how Africare has committed itself to gender equality as a weapon against poverty, and if you like, consider donating to Africare here.