Faced with desperate poverty in the predominantly Muslim country of Niger, women are now earning money for themselves in jobs outside the home, breaking with tradition. "Women have revolted," said Guy Roget, a 42-year old mother of nine.
Two-thirds of the country is desert and Niger has not economically recovered from the drop in world prices of uranium, its principal export, in 1980. Compounding Niger's crisis in export, foreign donors are withholding almost all support until Daouda Malam Wanke restores civilian rule.
Women such as Guy Roget have responded to this economic crisis by taking an active financial role in their families. Guy Roget helped to found a neighborhood women's association whose members collectively contribute to a fund from which they can borrow startup money for small businesses. Zara Abdel Kader, secretary of CONGAFEN, an umbrella group of women's organizations asserted that women's growing economic role is beginning to give women more input in the decision-making concerning their families and communities. This has also caused a backlash in religious fundamentalism exemplified in Niger's ratification of the UN Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Sexual Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which led to attacks on women for wearing Western clothing.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .