Facts and Figures

  • The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization notes that if women have the same access to land and resources as men, their crops can be far more productive, reducing the number of hungry in the world by up to 150 million and helping to achieve Millennium Development Goal One to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
  • World Bank Report “Engendering Development,’’reveals that women reinvest up 90% of their income in education, health and nutrition of their family and community compared to 30 to 40% for men.
  • TradeMark East Africa’s Women Can Trade initiative targets include a 10% average increase in revenues of the targeted women exporters and traders; 30% increase in the use of formal trade channels/systems by the targeted women cross border traders and the adoption of policies, regulations or practices that support an enabling environment for women.
  • Women in SubSaharan Africa make up 70% of the informal sector.
  • Women continue to participate in labour markets on an unequal basis with men. In 2013, the male employment-to-population ratio stood at 72.2 per cent, while the ratio for females was 47.1 per cent