GENDER EQUITY AND DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMATIC: THE NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE

Ikaonaworio Eferebo (PhD)

Abstract


Gender Equity is the situation of fairness and equality of opportunity to all is crucial in balance national development of Nations. Of course for a nation to attain sustainable national development she must take into consideration the human resource, which is the focal element of any meaningful development process. This is especially that a country’s ability to give every individual irrespective of gender equal opportunity to participate in the nation building process is what counts? This paper identified challenges facing the Nigerian women that ranges from lack of education, poverty, poor self-concept, culture and traditions etc. as determinant factors that impeded the participation of women in the country’s governance. Therefore, the aim is to interrogate the effects of gender inequality in Nigeria. The chief methodological approach was qualitative analysis framework through secondary sources and depended on content analysis for the interpretation of documents, reports and other publications. The findings reveal that there is the problematic opportunity of equal participation of women with their male counterpart in Nigeria, despite the trending sea of international conferences and advocacies on gender equity and concluded that a paradigm shift from gender centered to human resource centered is crucial for gender equity to be achieved in Nigeria.


Keywords


Gender, Equity, Nigeria, Development, Political Participation, Nation Building.

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