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Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Development in Africa

Lawal, Akinloye F. and AYOADE, Ezekiel O. and Taiwo, A. A. (2016) Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Development in Africa. In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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Abstract

Promoting gender equality is an essential component of the development strategy that seeks to enable people, both men and women, to reduce their poverty level and bring about improvement in the standard of living. An important element of sustainable development is to manage the natural resource base on which human activity depends. However, sociallyconstructed roles of men and women (which clearly manifest in lifestyles, consumption patterns, access to resources and power, decision-making and environmental effects) and deprivation of women due to discrimination, gender-segregated employment and traditional attitudes constitute source of concern in sustainable development initiatives. The study adopted the review of secondary data and information in exploring gender issues within and across the facets of sustainable development. Investing in girls and women (in all its ramifications), supporting their specific needs as entrepreneurs, workers, home-based consumers, producers, drivers of low-emission climate-resilient economies, and instituting sustainable development framework that confronts the discriminatory social norms and practices will promote gender equality and achieve development that is more sustainable. The study contributes to knowledge in the fields of gender studies, environment, and sustainable development where furtherance of gender-responsive policy focus, planning and implementation is the major thrust.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable development, gender equality, entrepreneur, natural resource, strategy.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Management
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 08:46
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/6718

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