Gender Equality and a shift towards Feminist Economy for Nigeria

In developing countries like Nigeria, gender disparity is a significant cause of the high unemployment rate. The labour force participation rate of women in Nigeria today is 48.4%, in comparison to men at 59.9%. Nigeria is a country where the population of women and men is almost at par, yet men have upper hands over women. So, the gender gap in paid labour keeps driving poverty.

Women constitute 60% of the poorest people in Nigeria. Out of 87 million people living in extreme poverty, 62 million are women. The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as structural and systemic limitations at household and country levels keep restricting women and the economic growth of the nation.

Nigeria needs to address its slow economic growth via a feminist economy. A feminist economy emphasises well-being for economic growth and will allow the removal of disparities along all the dimensions of gender….

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