3. Decision-Making & Leadership
Challenge: Across the sub-Saharan Africa region, there is an average remaining gender gap of 32%, placing it in the lower-middle range globally. With limited involvement in decision-making it is challenging for women to demand their rights to education, to own land, to make economic decisions, and to make informed sexual and reproductive health choices.
Our Solution: Through our CAMA alumnae network, young women get the support they need to take up leadership positions, including as elected officials within the network. Targeted training allows young women to guide more vulnerable children through school, and support them in understanding their rights and avoiding exploitation. They become role models and mentors in schools and communities, delivering health, wellbeing and financial literacy programs, sharing sustainable agricultural practices and business skills, and sitting on local and elected committees, changing the prospects for marginalized people for good.
Key Fact: Educated women resist gender-based violence and discrimination, and change their communities from within
Using this multi-dimensional and sustainable approach to quality education, in the classroom and beyond, we can empower girls and young women to lift up themselves and those around them. Everyday our CAMA members are stepping up as rural teachers and entrepreneurs, using their lived experience to drive up learning outcomes and change gender norms. Respected and working in partnership with boys and men, chiefs and district officials, they are tackling discrimination and proving that with access to schooling and training, girls have the potential to change the future of entire nations.
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