Why Age Gives West African Women More Autonomy and Power

Soninke people of Senega dancing at the declaration of Bakel festivities  via Tostan

Soninke people of Senega dancing at the declaration of Bakel festivities via Tostan

Why Age Gives West African Women More Autonomy and Power

Several studies, covering about 58 countries across the world, found that as women get older they are more able to make decisions independently of men. But scholars have struggled to pin down explanations for this age dividend – why are women given more independence the older they get? We wanted to know what the reasons may be.