Noah Lumun Abanyam (PhD), Syvanus Otikwu, Solomon Egashi Ahima


Socio-economic development implies the full participation and cooperation of men and women. However, gender roles impairs or retards the socio-economic development of the Nation. This study examines Gender Roles and Socio-Economic Development in Nigeria. Marxist conflict and functionalist theoretical perspectives were used in analyzing the study. The study found that Gender Roles create dichotomies in the society by structuring the roles and behaviours of men and women in the society. Gender roles is also found to limit women chances of participating in the socio-economic development and growth the society thereby affecting the society indirectly since the society loses women’s contributions and significant support. It was recommended that women’s groups, human rights activists, government, community leaders, policy makers, international organizations, traditional and religious leaders should work together to effectively advocate against discriminatory gender roles. Moreover, Government should take effective measures to ensure that women have access to and have control over economic resources, including land, credit, employment and other institutional facilities. The study concludes that the is urgent need for Government at all levels to take appropriate measures with a view to achieving the elimination of all forms of traditional cultural norms and customs that undermines women and tend to relegate them from active participation in socio-economic development processes.


Gender, Sex, Gender Role, Gender Stereotype, Socio-Economic Development

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