To protect the child, an enabling environment needs to be provided for his development where there is a relative financial stability even to the level of catering for the basic needs. Nigeria has a poverty rate of 62.8% with a human development index of 0.47. It has been identified that the fundamental precondition for all sustainable human projects is empowerment.
Estimates based on wage differentials and participation in the labour force suggest that women s estimated earned income is around 50%.
CPPLi therefore promotes the fulfilment of women s potential through education, skill development and employment, giving paramount importance to the elimination of poverty, illiteracy and ill health among women using its tool of peer learning, advocacies and community based projects.
The aim of empowering women is also to provide them with the ability to earn income beyond traditional occupations and achieve economic self-reliance which by and large directly benefits the child.
According to UNKNOWN:
When more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labour force participation or a reduction in the gap between womens and mens labour force participation results in faster economic growth.
Evidence from a range of countries shows that increasing the share of household income controlled by women, either through their own earnings or cash transfers, changes spending in ways that benefit children.
Increasing women and girl child education contributes to higher economic growth. Increased educational attainment accounts for about 50 per cent of the economic growth in OECD countries over the past 50 years of which over half is due to girls having had access to higher levels of education and achieving greater equality in the number of years spent in education between men and women. But, for the majority of women, significant gains in education have not translated into better labour market outcomes.
A study using data from 219 countries from 1970 to 2009 found that, for every one additional year of education for women of reproductive age, child mortality decreased by 9.5 per cent.
Women tend to have less access to formal financial institutions and saving mechanisms. While 55 per cent of men report having an account at a formal financial institution, only 47 per cent of women do worldwide. This gap is largest among lower middle-income economies as well as in South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.