Women empowerment critical for development

 THE International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) has observed that empowering women through education has the potential to raise the economy of African countries because they play a critical role in national development.

ICRW senior director for gender, population and development Suzanne Petroni said empowering a woman economically was essential if African countries were to make serious strides in improving their economies.

He was speaking when making a presentation on the dangers of child marriages at the just-ended Africa Union (AU) Girls summit, whose theme is “Ending Child Marriage” in Lusaka,

Dr. Petroni observed that keeping the child in school was the only solution to not only fight child marriage but also empower women to enable

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