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An assessment of the role of of centre for gender development in protecting the rights of female students in nigeria university ( a case study of university of calabar)

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background of study

Gender and inequality have a complicated relationship. Gender norms throughout society influence and reinforce the diverse roles and behaviors of female and male, children and adults. These are social norms that define acceptable behavior for both male and female students (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 differ, resulting in inequities in which one gender gains power at the expense of the other. As a result, women are perceived as subordinate to men and have a lower social position in many nations, giving men more influence and decision-making power than women. Gender disparities have a significant and far-reaching impact on society. They can, for example, lead to gender disparities in health and access to health care, employment and promotion chances, income levels, political engagement and representation, and education. Inequalities in gender frequently enhance the chances of male committing acts of violence against female students. Traditional ideas that men have the right to govern women, for example, expose women and girls to physical, emotional, and sexual aggression by men. They also make it more difficult for those who are harmed to leave abusive circumstances or seek help. An inning methods of promoting gender equality and their effectiveness in reducing violence towards female students. There are various sorts of ways that right of students are being infringed on

1.2 Statement Of Problem

The discriminatory treatment of girls is depicted in a number of ways. These are, acquisition of education, attainment of 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 participation in social, economic, cultural, and political activities, remaining confined within households, implementing household chores, and taking care of the needs and requirements of their family members. Furthermore, they also experience discriminatory treatment regarding health and medical facilities and even food items. Good quality food was provided for the male members and the females were given simple food. The prevalence of discriminatory treatment against women regarding these aspects is not only a barrier to their progress, but also to the development of the communities and nation. Regardless of the jobs in which women and girls are engaged, whether they are involved in the management of household responsibilities, or are pursuing education, or are engaged in employment opportunities or assisting their parents in family business. It is vital for them to obtain equal rights and opportunities. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that they provide equal rights and opportunities for their girls. Girls should be given equal rights and opportunities regarding acquisition of education, health care facilities, medical facilities, diet and nutrition, property, wealth, resources, and so forth. Making provision for equal rights and opportunities for girls would promote their well-being and empowerment opportunities. Therefore, this study seeks to assess the role of the centre for gender and development in the protection of the rights of female students in Nigeria universities.

1.3 Objective Of Study

The following are primary objectives of this study:

  1. To examine ways through which the right of female students are trampled on.
  2. To examine the role of centre of gender development in protecting the right of female students.
  3. To examine if there are strategies put in place by center of gender development in protecting the right of female students

1.4 Research Question

The following research question guides this study:

  1. What are the ways the right of female students are trampled on?
  2. What are the role of centre of gender development in protecting the right of female students?
  3. Are there strategies put in place by centre of gender development in protecting the right of female students?

1.5 Significance Of Study

This study will be useful to the government as it ensures that there is equality between female and male students in schools and also set up appropriate strategies in protecting the right of students. This study will further add to existing literature on this study domain and as well serve as a reference material to scholars, researchers and students who may want to carry out further research on this topic or related area in the future.

1.6 Scope Of Study

This study focuses on assessing the role of centre of gender development in the protecting the rights of female students in Nigeria university. The study will further examine ways through which the right of female students are trampled on, the role of centre of gender development in protecting the right of female students, and if there are strategies put in place by center of gender development in protecting the right of female students. The respondents for this study will be obtained from female students in university of Benin, Edo State.

1.7 Limitation Of Study

Finance,inadequate materials and time constraint were the challenges the researchers encountered during the course of the study.

1.8 Definition Of Terms

Gender:  Gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, femininity and masculinity.

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