Evolving Gender Roles and Stereotypes in Nigerian Society

Event Round-up: Evolving Gender Roles and Stereotypes in Nigerian Society – Feminist In Context 4/6

Key speaker Nander Esmeralda I Date: 10th August, 2023

Key Message:

In the recent installment of “Feminist In Context” on August 10, 2023, speaker Nander Esmeralda shed light on the evolving landscape of gender roles and stereotypes in Nigerian society. Traditionally, women were seen as caregivers, and men as breadwinners, but today, the roles are diversifying. However, stereotypes against women persist, especially in fields like STEM, where gender bias is still prevalent. This evolution of gender roles in Nigeria can be attributed to increased access to education for women, the media’s portrayal of women in diverse and empowered roles, and the impact of the #MeToo movement, which has raised awareness of gender-based violence and discrimination. Despite progress, Nigerian women face challenges such as limited access to education and employment opportunities, gender-based violence, workplace discrimination, and enduring stereotypes about their abilities.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gender roles in Nigeria have evolved, with women now engaged in various roles beyond traditional caregiving, but stereotypes and gender bias still exist, particularly in fields like STEM.
  • Factors contributing to the evolution of gender roles include increased access to education for women, the media’s portrayal of women in diverse roles, and the influence of movements like #MeToo.
  • Challenges persist, including limited access to education and employment, gender-based violence, workplace discrimination, and enduring stereotypes about women’s abilities.

 

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