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Background to  the Study

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

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Nigeria, the world’s most populous black nation, situated on the east of the Gulf of Guinea occupies a total land area of about 356,000 square miles, a population of over 140million people with vast arable land, abundant gas and oil reserves, as well as solid minerals. The Nigerian federation consists of three major political regions the North, East and West with over 350 ethnic groups and approximately 250 distinct languages. English is the official language of communication.

Structured politically as a federation of thirty six States, a Federal Capital Territory and 774 constitutionally recognized Local Government areas; Nigeria is further divided into six geo-political zones comprising: North-West, North-East, North-Central, South-South, South-East and South-West. 

Before political independence in 1960, an estimated 78 percent of adult labor force engaged in agriculture, forestry, and animal husbandry as well as fishing and hunting. With the discovery of crude oil in commercial quantities in 1958 and Nigeria becoming the sixth largest producer of crude oil in the world, by 1970, the revenue base of the government increased at an unprecedented level.

With this came massive development of the cities, there was increased rural urban migration so much so that over time emphasis shifted from agriculture to exportation of oil as the main source of  Nigerian government revenue. This also became the source of the country’s albatross and under development to date.

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Chapter One

This chapter presents a true situation of BPFA critical areas of concern one to four dealing with incidence of women and poverty, education, health and violence against women. It is a synthesis of actions by government, and NGOs with emphasis on achievements, challenges, recommendations and forward looking strategies in these areas.


Chapter two

This chapter would review the situational analysis, actions by government and NGOs, key achievements, challenges as well as recommendations and forward looking strategies in the areas of armed conflict, inequality in economic structures, power sharing and decision making, as well as institutional mechanisms to enhance gender equality



Chapter three

The last chapter of this publication will seek to address issues on Human rights violation, Stereotyping of women in the media, Environment and The Girl-Child.


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