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

Amoo, E. O. and Ola-David, O and OLURINOLA, Isaiah Oluranti and Fadayomi, Theophilus (2014) Female Youth in Street Trading: Implications for Sexual Harassment in HIV/AIDS Risky Environment. In: Vision 2020: Sustainable Growth, Economic Development, and Global Competitiveness, May 13-14, 2014, Valencia, Spain.

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The study examined the exposure of young girls to street harassment in urban centres of Nigeria and implications for incidence of HIV/AIDS and economic empowerment. A 'non-participatory direct observation approach coupled with quantitative secondary data was used. Quantitative data was extracted . from a pan-Nigeria survey of street traders sponsored by Covenant University, Nigeria. Target population consisted of young girls below the age of 25 years who trade on the street. Only the girls data (n = 553) was extracted and analysed for this study. The findings among other shows that few of the girls are below the age of 15 years, 57.3 percent had only secondary education and 14.0 were living in mud or mobile homes. The study also revealed that girls in younger ages (10-14 and 15-19 years) are 1.724 and 1.111 times more likely to be harassed compared to the other girls but self-employed girls may likely enjoy 'immunity' from harassment. The authors conclude that the large number of girls in developing countries could be harnessed for formidable productive work force and healthy mothers of tomorrow. The study posits that exposure of girls to harassment increase the propensity for higher HIV/AIDS incidence in Nigeria and other subSaharan 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: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young girls, street trading, harassment, HIV/AIDS, employment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2015 12:42
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2015 12:42

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