Gender Equality: An Important Economic Rationale

Gender Equality: An Important Economic Rationale

Gender equality simply means a world where women and girls enjoy the same rights and have the same opportunities as men and boys. Statistics obtain

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Gender equality simply means a world where women and girls enjoy the same rights and have the same opportunities as men and boys.

Statistics obtained from United Nations as well as an independent survey conducted by the reporter in the process of compiling this report shows that one out of three women around the world have been beaten, coerced into sex and deprived of formal education.

A pseudonym respondent under the name Peace Ajayi said her coercer claimed that her silence meant “yes” because she didn’t say “no” outright.

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Another respondent who chose to be anonymous highlighted an emotional threat as one of the methods coercers adopt. They say things like “if you don’t have sex with me, I’ll have sex with someone else,” or “I’ll break up with you if you don’t have sex with me.”

Recently conducted independent survey by the reporter where 27 respondents took part shows that 63% which makes up 17 respondents believe that the most common gender stereotypes in Nigeria is that women’s education end in the kitchen and one out of three has experienced gender discrimination and/or sexual harassment.

In a statement obtained from Adeoye Quadri, an electrical engineer he said women are very good at up keep of the home and should be assigned for the role.

Another respondent is a Lagos based pharmacist, who identify himself as Ugwu, he said “it’s the unfavourable economic situation of the country that made some women to work in an effort to support the family to meet it’s financial needs otherwise women should be a full-time worker in the kitchen and at home generally.

It is estimated that worldwide, 62 million girls’ half of whom are adolescent are not in school. The disparity in gender in education remains quite real today worldwide.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 78% of girls will never enter school, 4% have left school, 24% will enter late. Looking at this data, one would see that the future of adolescent girls looks bleak.

Source: thenationonlineng.net

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