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Rejection of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill in Nigeria: A setback for sustainable development goal five

Olusesan Ayodeji Makinde (Viable Knowledge Masters, Abuja, Nigeria; and MEASURE Evaluation Project, John Snow Inc, Abuja, Nigeria; and Demography and Population Studies Program, University of the Witwatersrand , Johannesburg, South Africa)
Cheluchi Onyemelukwe (Center for Health Ethics, Law and Development, Lagos, Nigeria)
Abimbola Onigbanjo-Williams (School of Public Health, Rutgers University New Brunswick , New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)
Kolawole Azeez Oyediran (MEASURE Evaluation Project, John Snow Inc, Arlington, Virginia, USA)
Clifford Obby Odimegwu (Demography and Population Studies Program, University of the Witwatersrand , Johannesburg-Braamfontein, South Africa)

Gender in Management

ISSN: 1754-2413

Article publication date: 2 May 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is the fifth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). This continues the effort of the third Millennium Development Goal (MDG), which was “to promote gender equality and empower all women”. In Nigeria, a Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill had been under consideration in the Nigerian Senate since 2010 to be enacted as a Nigerian law as part of effort toward MDG 3. After six years, the Bill was voted out for “lack of merit”. The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical analysis of the outcome.

Design/methodology/approach

A review of this Bill and the authors’ perceptions of reasons for the decline are subsequently presented.

Findings

There were concerns based on the content of the Bill. It was agreed by members of the Nigerian Senate that the content of the Bill was not in line with the religious and cultural beliefs of most of the Nigerian population and thus, unworthy to be enacted as a Nigerian law.

Social implications

The review herein provides important analysis of the content of the declined Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill. It reflects the continued patriarchal norms and perception of the superiority of men over women in Nigeria.

Originality/value

The paper provides a bird-view analysis of an unsuccessful Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill in Nigeria. This information is needed for a review of the Bill ahead of possible re-presentation following modifications for discussion.

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Citation

Makinde, O.A., Onyemelukwe, C., Onigbanjo-Williams, A., Oyediran, K.A. and Odimegwu, C.O. (2017), "Rejection of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill in Nigeria: A setback for sustainable development goal five", Gender in Management, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 234-240. https://doi.org/10.1108/GM-02-2017-0023

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