Gender Inequality in West Africa

Brittney Raines, Emily Lowe, Lauren Tucker, and Paul Hamrin


Many West African countries rank high in gender inequality. Man women in this sub region are economically, politically, and socially disadvantaged. Women in Africa are equal to men under law, but many women face hardships. These struggles include marriage at a young age and polygamous marriages.

Historical Significance

Despite efforts to improve the status of women, discrimination and other challenges persist. These traditions support limiting opportunities for women and girls in education, the economy, and political life. An example of this is Boko Haram and how they kidnapped little girls from schools in order to try and regain the traditional lifestyle of Africa.


Economic-When the young girls are not allowed to get an education, they have a lower chance of getting a job meaning that they will lose money for the economy.

Social-Beings that the women cannot get proper education, they cannot grow their traditions and it is causing everyone in the country to suffer.

Environmental-With the traditions that they have it is causing the environment to go down hill because they cannot grow the environment due to their lack of education.


1. How does gender inequality affect families in West Africa?

2. What's the difference in life from a female here and a female in West Africa?

3. How did they decrease education for girls?