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Entrepreneurship allows Nigerian women participate in the economy
Seventy percent of Nigerian women express comfort with a woman as CEO of a major national company, compared with 53% of men, according to the Reykjavik Index or Leadership.
The Index was established to quantify levels of comfort in society with the prospect of female leadership. The views of men and women in Nigeria on this topic are almost the same at an index score of 47 out of 100. (A score of 100 indicates complete agreement that men and women are equally suited to leadership.)
50% of Nigerian women are in formal employment
Perception matters. About half of Nigerian women are in formal employment according to the World Bank. There is no law against employment discrimination based on gender. Research indicates that women representation in government needs to reach 30% to enact legislation that removes barriers to equality in the workplace. Women represent just over 5% of state assemblies in Nigeria according to the United Nations.
Entrepreneurship is a way for women to sustain themselves and improve the country’s economy. Funkola Odeleye’s DIYlaw helps entrepreneurs register their businesses so they can grow, compete, and employ others.