Aug 16, 2019

Implementing SDG 5 (Gender Equality and Female Empowerment)

The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030 as its target date. The goals are expected to be achieved in a span of fifteen years.. The goals are broad and interdependent of each other, yet, they have different targets to achieve. These goals replaced the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). 

SDG 5 is on gender equality and female empowerment. Encouraging female empowerment and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. There need to be an end to all forms of discrimination against women and girls. Discrimination against women and girls can be seen in various settings of the country. For example, significant gaps between men and women in the labour market, discrimination in the political arena, lack of gender parity in education especially in the North, disproportionate burdens of domestic work.

The major reason for gender inequality stems from our cultural orientation that women/girls are the weaker sex. This is very prevalent in African countries especially Nigeria. Women are relegated to the role of house wives and is expected to settle for a career where “she would have sufficient time for the family” as opposed to actualizing her dreams. In most Nigerian homes, the female and male child are trained and brought up differently. The girl child is taught to serve and cater for the needs of her brother.

The manner in which SDG can be implemented is by ensuring that there is an end to all forms of discrimination against women, promoting economic empowerment and financing to the woman as opposed to the belief that the man is the breadwinner, ensuring participation and leadership in decision making, ensuring women’s autonomy over their health and body and so on.

The Nigerian government is to ensure that the sustainable development goal on gender equality and female empowerment is implemented by way of legislative intervention putting an end to all forms of discrimination and gender disparity. 

The questions that arises here is: What is the Nigerian government doing to ensure that SDG 5 is implemented? 

The various questions, issues and challenges of the implementation of SDG 5 and the way forward would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Date: Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Time:  11.00 – 12.30

Venue: Zinnia, Eko Hotel


Moderator: Alhaji Aliko Dangote

Panelists:  Herbert Wigwe

                    Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi

                    Hilary Ogbonna