UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon has called the economic empowerment of women a “global imperative” for realising the sustainable development goals.
The UN’s high level panel for women’s financial independence has been running for almost a year, aiming to draw attention to the challenges faced by the most disadvantaged women, including discriminatory laws and the characteristics of informal work that limit opportunities.
A 2015 report from McKinsey found that if women in every country were to play an equal role to men up to $28trn would be added to the global economy by 2025.
In Nigeria in particular, the need to accelerate opportunities for women is more important than ever. Though it is Africa’s largest economy, the country slipped into recession in August for the first time in a decade. It is one of the most unequal countries in the world: more than 80 million people (64% of the population) are living below the poverty line.
So what support can be offered to women to help Nigeria in its time of crisis, and accelerate the economy? How can we create greater equality and business opportunities in the country when most women are concentrated in casual, low-skilled work earning less than half that of men? And, President Muhammadu Buhari has been quoted as saying his wife “belongs in [his] kitchen” (and not in politics), so where does that leave the role of women in Nigeria?
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