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Table 2 Key barriers to engaging women in vector control at household, community, and professional levels

From: Increasing women’s engagement in vector control: a report from Accelerate To Equal project workshops

Household Community Professional
Women lack the autonomy to make decisions about allocation of household resources
Self-efficacy in women is low and may impede action. Women have decreased ability to act on economic improvement
Competing household priorities may reduce time available for vector control activities
Lower literacy and numeracy skills may reduce access to information hindering uptake and implementation of vector control
Lack of community acceptance of women’s involvement in vector control
Mobility in community may be limited due to religious and cultural beliefs
Top down patriarchal power structure reduces women’s ability to act as decision-makers
Lack of prioritization to use limited resources on vector control
Community lacks self-efficacy to control vector borne diseases
Lack of available training opportunities for women to acquire necessary vector control skills
Lack of policies to promote and protect women in careers in vector control
Inability to access career opportunities due to lower education, few female role models and lack of awareness of career opportunities
Limited infrastructure designed to accommodate specific needs of women