AN EVALUATION OF THE CENTRE FOR GENDER DEVELOPMENT’S ROLE IN PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF FEMALE STUDENTS AT NIGERIA UNIVERSITY ( A CASE STUDY OF UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR)
1.1 Study Background
Gender and inequality are inextricably linked. Gender norms in social impact and reinforce the various roles and behaviors of men and women, children and adults. These are the social norms that determine appropriate behavior for both male and female pupils (e.g., in some societies, being male is associated with taking risks, being tough and aggressive, and having multiple sexual partners).
Gender roles and behaviors diverge, resulting in power disparities where one gender gains influence at the expense of the other. As a result, in many countries, women are viewed as submissive to men and have a lesser social status, giving men more influence and decision-making power than women. Gender inequality have far-reaching societal consequences.
They can result in gender discrepancies in health and access to health care, employment and promotion opportunities, income levels, political activity and representation, and education, for example. Gender inequality frequently increases the likelihood of male students committing acts of violence against female pupils. Traditional notions, such as men’s authority to dominate women, expose women and girls to physical, emotional, and sexual assault from men.
hey can make it more difficult for victims to leave abusive situations or seek help. One of the most successful techniques of promoting gender equality and minimizing violence towards female students. There are numerous instances in which students’ rights are violated.
1.2 Problem Statement
Discrimination against girls is depicted in a variety of ways. These are education, employment opportunities, empowerment opportunities, deprivation of the right to property, deprivation of having a say in decision-making matters, deprivation of expressing their viewpoints and perspectives, discouraged from participating in social, economic, cultural, and political activities, remaining confined within households, implementing household chores, and taking care of the needs and requirements of their fami Furthermore, they face discrimination when it comes to health and medical facilities, as well as food.
Male members received high-quality food, while females received plain fare. The persistence of discriminatory treatment of women in various areas is a barrier not just to their advancement, but also to the growth of communities and nations. Regardless of the jobs in which women and girls are involved, whether they are active in household administration, pursuing education, chasing work prospects, or aiding their parents in family business.
It is critical that they have equal rights and opportunities. It is the obligation of parents to guarantee that their daughters have equal rights and opportunities. Girls should be given equal rights and opportunities in terms of education, health care, medical facilities, diet and nutrition, property, wealth, and resources, among other things. Making equal rights and opportunities available to girls will boost their well-being and empowerment.
As a result, the purpose of this research is to evaluate the function of the Centre for Gender and Development in protecting the rights of female students in Nigerian institutions.
1.3 Study Objective
The following are the study’s key objectives:
To investigate how female students’ rights are being violated.
To investigate the role of the gender development center in protecting the rights of female students.
To investigate whether the Center for Gender Development has implemented methods to defend the rights of female students.
1.4 Research Issue
This study is guided by the following research question:
What are the ways in which female students’ rights are violated?
What role does the gender development center play in preserving the rights of female students?
Is there a gender development center strategy in place to protect the rights of female students?
1.5 Importance Of Research
This study will be beneficial to the government since it ensures gender equality in schools and establishes proper policies for preserving students’ rights. This study will add to the current literature on this study domain and will also serve as a reference resource for academics, researchers, and students who may want to do future research on this issue or a comparable area.
1.6 Field of Study
The purpose of this research is to evaluate the role of the gender development center in defending the rights of female students at Nigerian universities. The study will also look into how female students’ rights are violated, the role of the Center for Gender Development in defending female students’ rights, and whether the Center for Gender Development has any mechanisms in place to protect female students’ rights. The respondents for this study will be female students at the University of Benin in Edo State.
1.7 Study Limitations
The researchers faced financial constraints, insufficient materials, and a time constraint over the course of the investigation.
1.8 Terms Definition
Gender is the set of qualities that apply to and distinguish femininity and masculinity.
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