Women Development and Peace-Building: Creating a Social Ethical Balace in Nigeria

Okpe, Nicholas Ojoajogwu


The roles of women in the society in relation to development generally, cannot be under-estimated. The peripheral concept of the development is change, and change is conceptualized as dynamism. The only constant cum permanent variable is change. There is imminence of change on globalization and on Nigeria.

The primordial concept of women in relation to their activities in our society and the world over dictates or spells out non-changeability or non-development. Our ignorance certifies this and also upholds this stance. However, changeability or development is pervasive. What we taught women should not, are exactly the sermon today that we should be. In clear terms, what we mean is that women should develop.

From the controversy people have about women in terms of their existence and their contributions to society, the comprehension of women development as peace building seems illusive. In other words, peace in our society is difficult, not easily attainable due to women development which is problematic because of our society’s myopia and high degree of illiteracy. Thus this paper sets out to critically examine the contents of development vis-a-vis peace and how to build a culture of peace with women in focus. The approach employed here is ethical, looking at the potentials and capacities of women and arguing why they should be given a chance in view of those who have succeeded in the past and those who could still make a difference in a male dominated society like Nigeria.

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