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Title:Women's rights as the missing link in poverty eradication in Nigeria
Authors:Akanle, Olayinka
Olutayo, A.O.
Year:2012
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Volume:18
Issue:1
Pages:227-241
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:gender inequality
poverty reduction
women's rights
women's employment
development projects
Abstract:The challenges posed by gender trajectories of interventions aimed at poverty eradication are examined using the case of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), which was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2001 as the overall agency to coordinate and monitor all poverty eradication efforts in the country, including the Capacity Acquisition Programme (CAP), the Farmers Empowerment Programme (FEP), and the Micro Finance Coordination Programme. Nigeria is ranked 158 out of 177 countries on the Human Development Index. The contrast between policy goals and outcomes has been variously traced to corruption, elitist programming, lack of proper coordination, evaluation and monitoring, loan defaulting, politicization, policy inconsistency, the lack of participation of women, and the lack of laws ensuring women's rights or their effective implementation. This can partly be blamed on patriarchy and colonialism. Without attitudinal change, policy interfacing, and effective advocacy the situation of women will not change. Women are underrepresented in formal employment. Gender-disaggregated data will be necessary to enhance accountability and transparency in the promotion of female participation at all levels. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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