Gender Inequality in Nigeria
Gender inequality in Nigeria is influenced by different cultures and beliefs. In most parts of Nigeria , women are considered subordinate to their male counterparts, especially in Northern Nigeria . It is generally believed that women are best suited as home keepers.
Feminism had not appeared in Nigeria until roughly 40 years ago. This has been attributed to Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti . She was born in Nigeria, and was educated through the British schooling system. She supported and fought for women’s rights, as well as for women having a larger impact in the Nigerian government. She was a part of the WIDF ( Women’s International Democratic Federation ), which helped more women to gain government positions, furthering what she wished to accomplish with women in Nigeria. Ransome-Kuti died in 1978. One of Nigeria’s well-known newspapers referred to her as “a progressive revolutionary” and “a Pan-African visionary.”
Historically, feminist movements have tried to push agendas leading to more gender equality in Nigeria. Among the most known are Federation of Nigerian Women’s Societies (FNWS), Women in Nigeria (WIN), Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) and Female in Nigeria (FIN). Still, most of them have failed to bring about significant political, social or economic growth. Though not without protest, new feminist movements and gender awareness are forming in Nigeria.
Online, women are using mobile phones for social capital building and empowerment to access information and to form relationships with communities they would not normally engage with.
There are numerous disadvantages gender inequality in Nigeria can assure.
On a global scale, achieving gender equality also requires eliminating harmful practices against women and girls, including sex trafficking, femicide, wartime sexual violence, gender wage gap, and other oppression tactics.
So therefore, Gender inequality can be reduced by giving equal opportunities. The thought of old generation,that a boy is the only one who can make them proud,should be destroyed from its roots,to encourage woman education,to eradicate the thought that men can only bring our country to the top.
Reduce socialization by parents and other adults of girls and boys into traditional gender roles.
Confront gender stereotyping by the popular and news media.
Increase public consciousness of the reasons for, extent of, and consequences of rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, and pornography.
✍ Abdulrahman Zulkanien