The countries that enjoy a
more livable climate, a peaceful political environment, and have a greater
urban percentage have more female authors and greater percentages of literacy.
These are all indications of development.
- In general, women’s literacy DECREASES
as you move inland. This could be because the urban percentage is greater
on the coast. The coastal countries have diverse landscapes that are not as
harsh to live in as the Saharan countries inland.
- Senegal, Cote d’ Ivoire, and Nigeria seemed to have MORE women authors
than all the other West African countries.
Nigeria is the most populated country in West Africa, but Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire have an average population.
- There were hardly any women authors
found from Mauritania, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Niger, and The Gambia. Niger and Mauritania are located in the desert with a
smaller urban percentage. Liberia and Sierra Leone have been war torn during the past
few decades where other West African countries have been more peaceful.
- There is a large gap between men and
women’s literacy in ALL West African countries.
- Internet use may be an indication of
good communication and increase in women authors. Senegal and The Gambia have high percentages
compared to other countries.