The World Economic Forum has ranked Nigeria 122, four places behind the previous year, in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Report. The GGGR is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress over time. Since 2006, when the reports were first published to include more than 100 countries,…
Sweeping odds: the life of Lagos street sweepers
On this International Women’s Day, as we #PressforProgress The Guardian celebrates these Nigerian women sweeping against global odds. Every morning, Sherifat wakes up early. Her work as a highway cleaner in Lagos State demands that she hits the road at dawn. As tedious and dangerous as her daily task on the job is, she is…
Women succeeding in doing a 'man's job'
On this International Women’s Day, as we #PressforProgress we present to you women from all over the world that are succeeding doing a 'man's job'.
International Women's Day 2018: What you should know
On February 28, 1909, 15,000 women marched through New York, USA demanding better pay, shorter working hours and voting rights. In 1910, at the International Women’s Conference with 100 women from 17 countries, held in Copenhagen, the International Women’s day began. This year's International Women's day holds also on March 8, as it has since…
The effects of raising girls and boys differently
As the importance of highlighting empowerment to the girl child is being heavily circulated, it is imperative to examine the differences in how a girl child and boy child are raised.
Controversial boundaries of gender-bending fashion in Nigeria
Recently, Nigerian androgynous male models wore mini-skirts in a fashion campaign that led to an outrage which was defended by the creator of the spread, as pushing the boundaries on exploring masculinity.
Policing and extorting sexual minorities is unacceptable
If someone says he is gay, he has not committed any offence. This witch hunt of gay people, and thinking that gay people are illegal, is wrong because being gay, or being suspected of being gay, is not a crime.
Ending rape culture via urban pop culture
Recently a well-known urban music label owner revealed in a radio interview that he has reservations on signing any female artists to his label as he would likely be inclined to engage in sexual activities with her.
Gender inequality is a philosophical problem
Most Nigerians would testify that they grew up around strong women; their grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunties, teachers and so on. We are certainly a nation that is interested in womanhood.
Preventing school-related gender-based violence
In Cameroon, 30 per cent of sexual violence experienced by schoolgirls was reportedly committed by male students; In the Netherlands, a study reports that 27 per cent of students had been sexually harassed by a school personnel.