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On 13 and 14 Octobera thousand women and young girls from all over Africa will gather in Abuja, Nigeria, to try and find solutions to current issues affecting them. The conference will touch on the following thematic areas: The summit coincides with the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, a day set aside to promote the rights of girls and address the unique challenges they face.
The summit aims to: Create a platform for high level dialogue on current issues affecting women and girls in Nigeria and Africa Create an avenue for the economic empowerment of marginalized women and girls Communicate the pulse of the African women and girls to the regional African Union and global United Nations development processes for women and girls Building on the momentum generated by the United Kingdom and Australia Girl Summits held in the two countries earlier this year, the African summit also aims to create long lasting solutions to decades of institutional challenges marginalizing women and girls.
Studies show that African women-owned farms produce less than men-owned farms. Recent attacks on young girls in Nigeria and other African areas facing internal strife has also brought to light the security problems that girls face in their efforts to attain education.
The importance of education to the girl child cannot be over-emphasised.
A recent study on African demographics shows that education for women, even at the primary-school level, was associated with a lower risk of child mortality.
World Bank research on girl education in Africa indicates that the number of girls who are out of school is decreasing only slowly, falling from 25 million in to 17 million in The issue of religious violence against girls in Africa has been brought in the forefront by the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamic Militants Boko Haram.
African women and health The World Health Organization WHO reports that the health of the African woman is affected by a plethora of factors, most of which revolve around lack of adequate health facilities and infrastructure.
Unfortunately, the situation is not improving. In Nigeria, WHO estimates that women are living with fistula, a disabling condition often caused by problems in childbirth.
The number grows by 20 each year. In Tanzania, 9 women die annually of complications related to pregnancy. WHO estimates that about a quarter of maternal deaths in Africa could be prevented through emergency obstetric care.
In fact, maternal mortality can be prevented. In Europe, for example, maternal mortality is a rare event, occurring in only 20 out of live births, compared to per on the African continent, the highest ratio of all the regions in the world.
In their advanced ages, African women suffer increasingly from non-communicable diseases NCDsnotably cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. African women, equality and economic empowerment Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women is of benefit to any economy and the society at large.
A result mainly of cultural practices, gender inequalities and gender-based discriminations are rife in Africa, hence the need to raise awareness about the disadvantages of these discriminations, not only to women and girls, but to the community at large. The report reveals deep rooted inequalities in African agriculture.
In the six countries profiled, the report found that women farmers are refused access to land ownership, credit and productive farm inputs like fertilizers, pesticides and farming tools, and access to markets, factors essential to their productivity.
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