Women Empowerment & Gender Equality


Develop Africa posted a blog article in March, 2016 about three women who were facing very difficult circumstances. The article, “An Uncertain Future for Three Pregnant Girls in West Africa,” inspired the following response. By Martha Cooper Women like Fatuma, Abuna, and Christiana are f...

Imagine three pregnant girls with no job skills who have been abandoned with little hope for the future. They wander aimlessly without food, shelter, or purpose. After their babies are born, how will they each support their newborn baby? Fatuma:  She was disowned and forced to leave her fami...

A treasure is growing wild in Ghana—it is the fruit from the shea nut tree. Industrious women produce highly sought-after shea butter by grinding shea nuts (the pit of the shea fruit). Villagers have long been using shea butter to help relieve dry skin, lips, and hair that is caused by the Harmatt...

Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa, faces several challenges. You may have heard of a few of these challenges, like the aftermath of the horrific Ebola epidemic. Maybe you have heard about the children soldiers who wield guns bigger than themselves. But there is another epidemic facing Sierra Le...

Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology yesterday stated that about 50% to 60% of girls that are currently pregnant are those who do not want to be in the school system. According to Brima Michael Turay, the teenage girls have no business being pregnant if th...

Investing in Girls - Why Supporting Girls in Africa Makes Sense   Many charitable institutions offer ways to donate money to individuals living in poverty in Africa, and DevelopAfrica is no exception.  This organization offers many ways in which you can donate, volunteer, and fundrai...

The effects of Ebola on Sierra Leone will be felt long after the country is declared Ebola-free, and girls are being particularly ostracized and stigmatized. Schools in Sierra Leone opened in mid-April 2015, eight months after they were closed to stop the Ebola virus from spreading. But eve...

“Women aged fifteen through forty-four are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined.(1)”   There is plenty to worry about going into the work day. Will I be on time? Am I prepared for the 10 a.m. meeting? Were t...

  Among the myriad reasons women struggle to start their own businesses in the developing world, access to credit is arguably the most pervasive. Unlike their male peers, women face unique challenges from institutions and from the inherent nature of owning a business as a female.   ...

Advocates of liberal trade policies, and there are many, consistently argue that free trade is beneficial for everyone and is indeed the most effective way to improve economies. While these arguments in their many forms and pluralities have much merit, they should not be without scrutiny. While it i...