Gender Balance and National Development: A case of the Nigerian Society

Esther Archibong, Chimaobi Okorie, Ballantyne Ikpeme


This paper examines the importance of gender balance in relation to national development bringing to fore the implications of gender inequality and highlighting the benefits of gender mainstream in the overall good of the nation’s development. The objective of the study was to critically analyze the specific gender- laden issues responsible for the slow pace of development in the Nigerian society. The methodology adopted for this paper was the use of secondary data gathered from the University Libraries, news prints and journals. The quest for the attainment of national economic development and sustainable growth cannot be actualized without the recognition of the vital contributions of both genders. All ‘hands must be on deck’, a prerequisite for harmonious and functional drive in the desired direction of growth and development (both economic and social). The study also highlights the various dimensions women’s contribution could assume in the Nigeria’s national growth and development and proffered suggestions to ensure women gender equality in all spheres of activities in the country.

Keywords: Development, equality, gender, inequality, mainstreaming, growth.

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/10-6-09

Publication date:March 31st 2020

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