Over the years, gender equality and women empowerment has been a topic of debate at various levels of societal discussions, as there exist different perspectives on gender equality and what women empowerment should be. The Sustainable Development Goal 5- promoting gender equality. It is hoped that there should be substantial progress achieved by the year 2030. Developed countries like the United States of America, France, Germany, Italy, Britain etc., are actively pursuing policies to achieve gender equality in socioeconomic development indices, it remains a huge struggle for Africa and developing nations as is the case with Nigeria; where cultural and religious biases still predominantly influence decision making at policy level.
According to the UNESCO (2014)over 5.5 million girls are out of school in Nigeria
According to UNESCO, on girl child access to education presently in Nigeria, 34% of primary school aged girls are out of school, 18% of this numbers will enter late while 78% will never go to school. If Nigeria must achieve the goal of gender equality and all other goals in the Sustainable Development Goals, Nigeria must prioritize early and basic education especially as it affects the girl child, not as an end to gender inequality but as a means to end illiteracy, poverty, maternal and child mortality, human trafficking and domestic violence. The orderly society trust report on girl child education of 2016 posit that for every 10% more girls that go to school, a country’s GDP increases by an average of 3% annually.
Prioritizing women empowerment will increase Nigeria’s human capacity development index which will invariably increase economic and sustainable growth. This can be achieved by encouraging more women to acquire necessary skills in various vocations like empowering female farmers with modern equipment, pesticides, fertilizer as well as creating market value chain for goods produced. At Lets talk humanity initiative we are committed to empowering women in Nigeria and across Africa. Our tailored empowerment schemes executed in Kiru and Bebeji local government areas of Kano state has empowered over 500 women till date and these programme s were created as a support project to ensure the children stay in school
“Educating our young girls is the foundation for Nigeria’s growth and development”.-NOI