features and social conditions

Eritrean girls: their features and social conditions

Do you know Eritrean girls are beautiful, with attractive features? If we dig deep about women in Eritrea, we find that the Eritrean women are brave too

They fought the war of Eritrean free on. The women are working in almost all the fields of life

 

including military, agriculture, and household. Eritrea became officially independent in 1993, and the emancipation was the central point of the Eritrean revolution.

Agriculture and women
As Eritrea is an agricultural society, both men and women work in agriculture.

There is an apparent gender division, though. The girls take care of livestock in the pastoralist areas.

The women work for processing and cooking the foods along with milking the goats and cows.

They work in the fields and share the agricultural work in the community, and they work in backyard gardening, beekeeping, and weaving.

Child care and household is the responsibility of women. Moreover hoeing and weeding is done by both. During the cropping cycles,

the plant cereals and fodder along with vegetables. The women cook food and milk cattle. It means the women are with men in all fields of life.

Long working hours
The women work for long as compared to men. They have several responsibilities.

A man works 9 hours on average during crops. In this way, the exploitation of women is on the rise.

Education
Almost 50 percent of elementary school teachers are women. Their numbers are lower in secondary and higher education.

The Eritrean culture makes the women responsible for raising the family, and this fact obstructs the opportunities for them. Some girls stop schooling at the age of secondary level education.

There are efforts to empower more girls with opportunities to get higher education. There are similar jobs for elementary and secondary school teaching.

Some years ago, only 25 percent of girls had opportunities for graduation. Now the numbers are higher due to reforms and awareness.

There is an early marriage concept in Eritrea. This hinders the girls from going for higher education. The distance from home to schools also reduces opportunities. On average,

a student needs o travel almost 5 km for elementary education? They need to travel 63 Kim for secondary education. The schools and colleges are farther from homes. So there is a difficult for higher educating in Eritrea.

Marriage of girls
Most of the girls are married before 21 years of age. The high prevalence of child marriage is a factor for limited education in women. Though the minimum age for marriage in Eritrea is 18 years, most of the girls are married even before.

They socially consider early marriage right for girls. In this way, women have limited opportunities for higher education. They are forced to work in agriculture and prepare meals for the family.

On the whole, there is not much motivation among the masses to educate their girls.

Now the UNDP and other women assistance organization are working for more opportunities

for girls. There is awareness about girls that they are not just for men but they may play an equal role in almost all fields of life.