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Female Youth in Street Trading: Implications for Sexual Harassment in HIV/AIDS Risky Environment

Amoo, Emmanuel O. and Ola-David , Oluwayomi and OLURINOLA, Isaiah Oluranti and Fadayomi, Theophilus (2016) Female Youth in Street Trading: Implications for Sexual Harassment in HIV/AIDS Risky Environment. Journal of South African Business Research. ISSN DOI: 10.5171/2014.826622

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The study examined the exposure of young girls to street harassment in the urban centres of Nigeria and implications for the incidence of HIV/AIDS and economic empowerment. A ‘nonparticipatory direct observation approach coupled with quantitative secondary data was used. Quantitative data was extracted from a national survey of street traders sponsored by Covenant University, Nigeria. The survey covered sampled street traders in four major cities in Nigeria. However, only the data relating to young girls below the age of 25 years (n = 553) were extracted and analysed for this study. The study revealed that girls in younger ages (10-14 and 15-19 years) were 1.724 and 1.111 times more likely to be harassed compared to the other girls but self-employed girls enjoy ‘immunity’ from harassment because they have higher economic worth than their counterparts in paid or unpaid street trading activities. The study posits that exposure of girls to harassment increases the propensity for higher HIV/AIDS incidence in Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries. A proactive hawking measure should therefore be put in place to control the activities of the traders and enhance their full integration for effective economic empowerment of the girls and women in general.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Girls, street trading, HIV/AIDS.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 13:08
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 13:08

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