GENDER EQUALITY IN NIGERIA
Women bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility.
Nigerian women have been considered as second class in the society for a very long time, relegated to the back bench with little or no rights or voice.
Most Nigerian customary laws have no protection for women with some laws not even giving inheritance rights of husband's property to the women on death of spouse.
Hardly any Nigerian woman has received justice for sexual harassment in the work place and women are made to offer sexual favors regularly to obtain positions in employment or public office.
Most traditions still make women shave their hair and wear black dresses for a year on death of husbands, even accused of killing their spouse while the men can marry a second wife when the late wife has not even been buried.
Nigerian employment laws do not favor or protect women at all with most unable to get a job if married and laws on maternity rights are not enforced.
Unlike the US and most developed countries, the Nigerian system does not offer systemic help for women in business loans, training, education or even household maintenance.
The single mother remains the shame of the Nigerian society and treated as outcasts and disgrace to society.
Most men see the Nigerian woman as a gateway to child bearing, sexual satisfaction and orgasm.
The vote of the Nigerian woman is hardly ever accounted for with society relegating them to observers and not participants in the electoral process.
Women are the poorest people in the Nigerian society even though they take care of the home, children and the men.