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Gender disparity and underdevelopment worry Prof Okeke –Uzodike

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EXECUTIVE Director of African Heritage  Institution,  Professor Ufo Okeke-Uzodike has expressed worry over unequal treatment meted to female gender observing that there is ample evidence that although most countries globally have experienced substantial improvements on gender parity over the past few decades, much still remains to be done to ensure reasonable parity  between men and women.

In a chat with National Light, Prof Okeke-Uzodike  noted that the latest edition of the Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum, which measures the gaps between women and men across four crucial areas: health, education, economy and politics, revealed that Nigeria is one of the few countries that actually scored lower overall in 2018 than it did in the 2017 Gender Gap Report. Comparatively. He lamented that Nigeria remains a hostile place to live for women and girls.

According to him, statistics  showed that overall, Nigeria ranks 133 globally out of 149 countries assessed for the 2018 report. Specifically, Nigeria ranks 79 on “Economic Participation and Opportunity”; 140 on  “Educational Attainment”; 132 on “Health and Survival”; and 139 on “Political Empowerment”, he said.  He stated that the implications are clear. “Currently, Nigeria is basically one of the worst places to live on earth if you are poor, and especially if you are  a poor woman.  The September 24 Big Ideas Podium seeks to table the issue of Gender Disparity with a view to seek solutions and identify good ideas on how best to resolve the challenge of gender-based exclusion and oppression in our society as explicitly underscored in the Nigerian constitution”.

He  observed that Chapter II of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(as amended) is emphatic that ,

“The State social order is founded on ideals of Freedom, Equality and Justice”.And, in pursuit of that social order, the Nigerian Constitution is clear that: every citizen shall have equality of rights, obligations and opportunities before the law;  the sanctity of the human person shall be recognized and human dignity shall be maintained and enhanced”

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