An analysis of Gender inequality and National Gender Policy in Nigeria

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Gender is the word used to describe social and personality differences between women and men; it refers to that which society defines as masculine and feminine (Webb,199l) Attempt have been made in Nigeria to addressed the issue of women's right, responsibility and discussion in the early 80s with a view to improve the socio-economic and political lots of Nigerian women as a whole, but the guiding principles and the framework adopted then was weak, this due to the feet that Gender issues have gone beyond the largely women empowerment approach and the narrow women in development (WID) concepts to a more and all embracing approach of gender and development (GAD)
In Nigeria, not until recently, an important document emerged to redirect gender equality, improved standard of living, and build a just society devoid of discrimination, harness fee fall potentials of all social groups, regardless of sex or circumstance that can give both men & women equal voices in decision making and policy implementation. The attainment of gender equality is not only seen as an end in it itself and human right issue, but as a prerequisite for the achievement of sustainable development. Hence this paper will attempt to explain the concept gender, an overview of previous attempt, the rational behind the emergence of NGP as well as explaining it aims and objectives, guiding principles and the framework within which it operates, conclusion and recommendation will be equally given.

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