5 Reasons Ebola Kills More Women

Cross-Border Trading

In rural areas of West Africa, a majority of small-scale farmers and cross-border traders are women. Buying and selling their goods across the Guinea and Sierra Leone borders in particular put women at heightened risk of coming in contact with the Ebola virus. Now, with those borders closed off, in addition to Liberia's, women's inability to sell is having harsh economic ripple effects on households already faced with combating the Ebola virus.

Photo caption: A woman walks past a wall bearing the message "Stop Ebola" in Monrovia on September 25, 2014. World leaders were asked to pledge urgently needed aid to battle Ebola in West Africa as Sierra Leone quarantined one million people in a desperate bid to beat back the deadly virus.