Woman at work in Namibia at Ben's Bikes, a bicycle repair shop. (Photo/ Kate Holt/ AusAID)

Africa’s ‘Working Women’ Are Mostly Found On Farms, But Oil Wealth Keeps Them At Home

The countries that have the lowest female participation in the workforce in Africa tend to be large and oil rich (and/ or majority Muslim), whereas nearly all women work in small, low-income, agricultural economies.

Ngozi Onwumere, Seun Adigun, and Akuoma Omeoga hope to raise enough money and qualify for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games. (Photo/ Obi Grant via GoFundMe)

The Best, And Worst, Places To Be A Woman In Africa, And What That Has To Do With Geography

According to the index, the worst places to be a woman in Africa are Somalia, Sudan, Mali, Libya and Guinea, in that order. It seems that harsh life of the desert and arid Sahel exerts its greatest price on women

The two tasks that are the most time-hungry for African women is fetching water and collecting fuel, typically taking up half of a year's work (Photo/ Flickr/ Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID)

What Has Men’s Love Of Sports Got To Do With Women Collecting Firewood? You Will Be Surprised

Poverty in Africa is not only a function of income, it is also a function of time. Because African women do the bulk of domestic chores, men have the time to love sports; they have time to have hobbies and acquire addictions.

Joyce Kosolo is a grandmother raising four children while her daughter is looking for work in the city. Her daughter is HIV+, but her grandson Kwanele is negative. Women are more likely to live with HIV than die from it. (Photo/ PWRDF)

More Women Infected, More Men Die: HIV’s Unlikely Gender Story In Africa

Unequal power dynamics make women unable to negotiate for safe sex, or have access to sexual and reproductive health services. But gender norms also discourage men from seeking treatment and sticking to treatment schedules