African women lag in asset ownership, financial decision-making in household, Afrobarometer survey finds

African women lag behind men in ownership of assets and are substantially less likely to have decision-making power over household resources, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

These findings from national surveys in 34 countries are part of a soon-to-be-released Pan-Africa Profile analysis based on a special gender-equality survey module carried out by Afrobarometer in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The new report will also examine popular support for gender equality, government performance on women’s rights and opportunities, and persistent gender gaps in education, employment, and access to technology.