Togo is a small country in West Africa, and the tenth poorest in the world, with a population of 8.08 million – and over 50% of these people live below the international poverty line.
At present there are 50.25% of women to 49.75% of men in Togo. Although the population of each is relatively equal, the rights for women are not.
Togo is one of the worst countries in the world for women to live in.
The Togolese government have made progress with women’s rights over the last decade, but compared to much of the world, there is still a long road ahead. Women are underpaid compared to men, a husband is legally free to forbid his wife to work or to control her earnings. Domestic violence is rife and often ignored by the police, forced and early marriages are still practised, and although outlawed in 1998, genital mutilation still very much exists. Limited access to property and financial services can be challenging – female empowerment is low, and poverty is high.
With our partner IADES we are educating women on their rights, empowering them to become entrepreneurs in their own right – aiding in lowering the poverty rates for everyone.
We empower women by offering microloans, saving plans, business and community development training, enabling them to work their way out of poverty.
The African continent has demonstrated commitment in promoting equality for women, and legally they have indeed gained equality. However, in most African countries women do not experience equality and are still considered second rate citizens.
The African Union declared 2010-2020 African Women’s Decade. It will be interesting to see how far the fight for female equality and empowerment has come at the end of this decade.
Progression is being made on Africa’s agenda for women’s empowerment, yet there is still a long way to go. According to The World Economic Forum report in 2016 it will take 170 years to close the gap.
Training and community development is key for personal, business and cultural growth. The community groups are like an eco-system whereby they can spread their knowledge to other communities. This knowledge however, does need to include the acceptance of women being a financially empowered and to have a voice in their homes and their communities.
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