Gender equality

Gender equality

Gender inequality has a profound impact on the lives of children in Africa. Socio-cultural norms favor boys over girls in most aspects of life.

Women and girls bear the majority of care and domestic burdens, are less likely to be employed in the technical formal sector (and where employed, earn lower wages). The majority of children are raised by caring women and many do not have active contact with their fathers.

The difference is particularly acute during adolescence, when many girls face the prospect of marriage (often before reaching the age of 18), teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence, as well as at an increased risk of HIV transmission.

The risk of dropping out of school is high for girls of this age. This gender inequality creates more barriers for girls and women. However, boys also face gender issues. These include early labor exploitation, higher levels of malnutrition in certain age groups, and socially instilled sexual violence due to cultural norms.

The objective of our activities is to eradicate sexual violence, gender-based violence and rape.