GENDER EQUALITY: A TOOL FOR A SUSTIANABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

Gladys Ifeoma Udechukwu (PhD)

Abstract


Gender inequality has been the problem of so many countries of the world. Before the coming of the Europeans with Christianity, gender inequality has been what Africans were known for. In Africa, men have always been seen as superior beings to women and as such, women are relegated to the backyard. In those days, they do not participate in public matters where decisions were taken and they were not allowed to engage in any meaningful work except household chaos and this has affected the development of some African countries because women potentials were not being fully harnessed. With the coming of the white men and their Christian Religion, women are now allowed to some extent in public matters and some reasonable works. Nevertheless, it was discovered that in many countries in Africa still, women have not been recognized fully in public matters such as politics and top government positions. Women are very important agent of development in every country and their negligence by any country affects the development of that country. This paper aims at portraying the importance of women in the society and their contribution to the development of that society. The work is advocating that if women will be given equal opportunities as men in the African countries, Africa will record massive and lasting development. The data collection was done through interview and questionnaire and then feminism theory was used in the discussion and analysis.


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Gender, Equality, Development and Feminism

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