THE NIGERIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Volume 9, No. 1, 2011
Gender Equality, Governance and Women Empowerment Agenda in a Democratizing Society: Issues, Prospects, and Challenges
Olabisi I. Aina1 & Kehinde Olayode2
1Department of Sociology/Anthropology Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
2Department of International Relations Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
With the current global urge and mandates for gender equality, the African continent is re-awakening interest on gender issues and gender mainstreaming in public policy and planning. This paper addresses issues and prospects in embracing Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) principles in a democratizing state such as Nigeria. Basic questions raised include – what are the ideals of GEWE? What relevance does the GEWE Agenda have for a democratising state? What different legislations, policies, and programmes are strategic to this process? What roles have been played by Civil Society Organizations in instituting a GEWE agenda in a nation state such as Nigeria? What are the gains of the gender equality agenda for the country’s overall development? What problems still face the process of achieving gender equality and gender justice in Nigeria? These discussions espouse the importance of the GEWE Agenda and the need to engender social development and political transformations in the emerging democratic Nigeria.
Keywords: gender equality, women empowerment, poverty, governance