Research Papers/Topics in Gender Studies

Inclusion of Gender in Africas Climate Change Policies and Strategies

This paper reviews climate change related policies and strategies in East and West Africa through a gendered lens. The countries are Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania in East Africa and Ghana and Nigeria in West Africa. Drawing upon a gender inclusion criteria, the study assesses how countries have integrated gender in their climate change policies and strategies. We did a qualitative review of existing climate change policies and strategies using minimum principles for gender responsive climate change...

Closing the gender gap in Agriculture under climate change

Women face barriers that significantly constrain their production and entangle them in a low productivity trap. These barriers encompass societal norms, the gender division of labour (GDOL), resource constraints (access to and use of land), no or low use of inputs (eg drought-adapted seeds), and limited access to climate services and agro-advisories. Under a changing climate, these barriers will further constrain women’s ability to adapt, and the gender gap in agriculture will continue...

Enhancing women's political fortunes: Is a 50/50 Campaign possible?

 The 50/50  Campaign as a tool for enhancing women’s political participation has gained currencyin recent time.  Its call for equal participation of women and men in politics and public officehas reinvigorated various activisms globally.  This paper examines the  Campaign within thecontext of  Ghanaian women’s political fortunes.  Contesting its feasibility against a backgroundof women’s poor performance at national elections and political appointments...

Gender Studies in Ghana

Drawing from personal and programming experience, historical documentations and analytical sources, I have examined the various framings of GS to show that it embraces multiple meanings as ‘discipline,’ research, programmes and discourse. I have also engaged in a historical and reflective analysis of the evolution of GCS at three levels; global, continental and local/national to reveal that GS has a long discursive tradition that has been borne out of activism and scholarship. I have show...

Womens Movement and Political Change in West Africa

 In the present wave of increasing democratization, women’s movements remain critical to the advancement of democratic reforms and political change. In Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the focus of this analysis, women have mobilized around human and economic rights and peace and security over the last two decades with some considerable success although not without challenges. This paper examines emerging trends in the agenda and tools/strategies that the women’s movements hav...

Tullum

This chapter contributes to the process of knowledge recreation by initiating a process of “retrieving” wisdom, tullum from the past, which I argue has possibilities for development. It entails the retrieval of living wisdom that resides with women and not a relic located in a museum. This living wisdom has been nurtured and guarded by African women, has been used to mitigate crisis and to support everyday living. It is wisdom that has survived all forms of domination, whether patriarchal...

Is gender yet another colonial project?

This paper questions Oyeronke Oyewumi’s (1997)claim in her thought-provoking work, ‘The invention of women: Making anAfrican sense of Western gender discourse,’ that gender in African societies isa colonial project. It interrogates Oyewumi’s project of contesting meaningsthat lack understandings and appreciation of history and culture. Using conceptualanalysis and desk reviews interlaced with anecdotal snippets, the paperattempts a re-reading of Oyewumi interrogations of social relati...

The Impact of Religious Affiliation on Domestic Violence Against Women

ABSTRACTThis study sets out to examine the impact of religious affiliation on domestic violence against women and children in Vandeikya local government area of Benue State. Specifically, the study investigated the causes and patterns of domestic violence and also assessed the impact of domestic violence on women and children and the way forward. The theoretical framework for the study was the conflict theory. The study utilized descriptive survey research design and data was collected using ...

FEMINISM AND NIGERIAN STEREOTYPING

Gender transcends sex, It goes beyond the mere demarcation between male and female. it is in real terms the stereotypes a particular society attaches or describes a person. there is therefore the need for gender parity to eliminate all forms of gender discrimination and ensure that both the male and female sexes reach their fullest potentials and are allowed to get to the pinnacle of their careers without being stereotyped based on sex. Stereotypes can be found in the school, family, religion...

THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY PLANNING IN THE PROTECTION OF REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT This study takes a cursory look at the reproductive rights of women with particular emphasis on the role of family planning in the protection of these rights, and also the basic need for education on family planning methods and contraceptives for women. The role the law has been playing in protecting this very important right of women, the legal regime available and its enforcement. The author will also look at the prohibition of Abortion in Nigeria which has not en...

GENDER CONSIDERATIONS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHERN NIGERIA [A CASE STUDY OF OJU PRINTING PRESS, KADUNA)

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this research is to find out how Gender Consideration and Entrepreneurship Development in Northern Nigeria bring economic development through entrepreneurship in Northern Nigeria. A case study of Oju Printing Press Limited. Gender Consideration in any business decisions help in smooth running of business organization as well as greater productivity. Entrepreneurship as the engine of development play a vital role in the economic development of a nation. Entrepreneurship ...

THE ROLE OF EDUCATED NIGERIA WOMEN IN THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COUNTRY (A CASE STUDY OF NIGERIA)

                                                            ABSTRACTTHE MAJOR PURPOSE OF THE STUDY WAS TO DETERMINE THE ROLES OF EDUCATED NIGERIA WOMEN IN SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COUNTRY. THE ...

The Role of NGOs in advocating the Rights of Women in Africa

INTRODUCTIONArticle 3(4) of the protocol on the rights of women states that states parties shall adopt and implement appropriate measures to ensure the protection of every woman’s right to respect for her dignity and protection of women from all forms of violence, particularly sexual and verbal violence. What communication and advocacy tools/plan can NGOs use to effectively engage with this protocol in order to ensure the...