Gender Equality as a Sociological Strategy for Effective National Development in Nigeria: An Evaluation of a Christian Sociologist
In any male dominated society, women face the challenge of relevance among many others. In spite of the fact that women constitute more than half of the world’s population and contribute to two thirds of the world’s food production, there is an unimaginable discrimination against women not only in Nigeria, but all over the world. The development of any nation requires the contributions of its members irrespective of gender status. Thus, the paper examines the role of male and female gender in the national development. It also specifies constraints which hinders female contributions to national development. In order to fast track national development and to make Nigeria’s transformation programme a reality and a huge success, there is the need to integrate gender without discrimination in all aspects of the governance. This is the order to exploit the hiding potentials especially in the women folk in contributions to the development of their society in particular and that of the nation in general. Pragmatic and phenomenological methodology guided the examination of concepts and closely related research works. It is recommended that policies and programmes such as women for change and development initiative, women in development, women agricultural credit facilities and affirmative action; these policies should be fully implemented right from the national to local level. There should be an intensive awareness of all citizens to the fact that equal education opportunity is the right of all citizens, irrespective of gender, age, locality, creed or social status and should therefore be made available to all. The study concludes by proffering some suggestions to be implemented for effective national development.
Keywords: Gender equality, Sociological strategy, Effective, National development, Religious evaluation.