Gender and Social Development Issues

Pius Emenike Isidiho, Callistus Chikezie Ogu, Desmond Obioma Obi


All over the world, gender issues have remained an engaging discourse at different levels and diplomatic circles due to contusion about the concept.  This is because people tend to limit gender to "sex" which is categorized into male and female. Further still it is associated with the social movement known as Women Liberation and the Girl-Child right. Recently, sustainable development goals seem to concentrate on gender inequality and women empowerment to add to the difficulty in appreciating gender values in a globalized world economy, it is important to understand that roles designated via gender-based policies impact negatively on social development. Developmental issues are better harnessed with the active co-operation and collaboration of both sexes where equal opportunities are provided. In this paper, we offer some explanations to the concept of gender for a better understanding and application of the concept for a uniform human capacity development of communities in Igbo land. The work shall therefore examine gender as differentiated "generic', gender equity and equality in social development and conclude by suggesting what could be done to improve gender openness in social developmental issues to which gender partisanship is an impediment.

Keywords: Gender inequality, economic inequality, women’s right, gender equity.

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/10-22-03

Publication date: November 30th 2020


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