WOMEN DOMINATION AND OPPRESSION IN NIGERIAN SOCIETY: IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The issue of gender discrimination has become a distinctive phenomenon all over the world. Nigeria is not left out of this discriminating infamy. There was a time in Nigeria when women were campaigning for an opportunity to perform their civic rights and this eventually led to the general rule of the thumb in any election that allows every adult regardless of tribe, sex or creed to vote and be voted for. Hardly are women seen or heard in policy-making or decision-driven processes but they are often being used as instruments of voting in the political planes and child bearing and rearing in socio-cultural settings. The study was premised on the liberalist feminist theory. As a theory of gender inequality, it argues that equality with men can be achieved through an essential human capacity for reasoned moral agency, that the inequality experienced by women especially is a product of a sexist patterning of the division of labour, and that through the re-patterning of key institutions such as work and family, gender equality can be achieved. The paper reviews the reasons for women domination and oppression in the society and its implications for sustainable development and the reasons are given as follows: colonization, past independence history dominated by military rule, patrilineal system of government, literacy levels of the women population and on. In all, this shows that gender disparity plays a major part in segregating the role of the woman as only domestic in nature in a sustainable development.
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