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Julius Eyanuku

Extramural Full Time Phd Student

Julius Eyanuku

Research title: Effects of Gender Inequality on Economic Growth in Nigeria.

Supervisors: Prof Uduak Archibong and Dr. Sean Walton (University of Salford).

Julius is a Lecturer, Coordinator of Cooperatives Management and the Secretary of NOUN Journal of Management and International Development in the School of Management Sciences at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Victoria Island, Lagos.

"My interest on the topic was greatly influenced by my personal observation that there is still much gender inequality in Nigerian in spite of all steps taken by the past government to give equal gender opportunity, particularly in education, employment and challenges women faced in making livings, and so on. The female gender is still lacking behind in all these challenges and this has much implication in the social-economic status of the females of the nation, if drastic measures are not taken, the country may be all male or men affairs as the females dominate the markets, the farms and the homes to make more babies which induces or increase poverty in the land.

Gender inequality occurred as a result of the persistent discrimination of one particular group of people based upon their gender and it manifests itself differently accordingly in terms of race, culture, politics, country, and economic situation. It is furthermore considered a causal factor of violence against women, while gender discrimination happens to both men and women in individual situations and discrimination against women is an entrenched global pandemic. (Gettleman, 2007).

There has been an unprecedented concern over the rights of women participating in economical activities in different parts of the world. The pronged governance process in Nigeria has created a fertile ground for gender inequality. Being Africa’s largest and most populous nation, Nigeria has witnessed a lot of contradictions and inconsistencies created by the application of Nigeria’s three legal systems, namely, Islamic Sharia, Customary law and Common law, in its six geopolitical zones. Such inconsistencies have paved way for negative affectivity of women, thereby marginalising women’s participation in economic activities. Many scholars, feminist and advocates of gender balance have reported that women are greatly discriminated and marginalised in Africa. According to Idyorough (2005), gender discrimination is socially construed. That is, positive or negative disposition towards women is perpetuated and maintained in the family, peer groups and religious centres.

The focus of my study is to evaluate the contributing factors of gender inequality and determine the disparities between the males and females education and employment in Nigeria."