HOW FAR, HOW LONG IN NORTHEASTERN STATES OF NIGERIA: AN APPRAISAL OF APPOINTMENTS OF FEMALES INTO KEY POSITIONS FOR EQUALITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
This paper discussed gender equality, equity and their actualisation in North Eastern States (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states) of Nigeria. Specifically, it looked at the number of women in decision making positions in North Eastern Nigeria vis-a-vis the 30% affirmative action and gender eguality as contained in the Sustainable Development Goals. Decision making positions in this paper were grouped into 3: the executive, (governor, deputy governor, commisioners and permanent secretaries), the legislative (members of houses of assembly) and the judiciary (judges). Challenges were discussed particularly power and clientele politics. Findings revealed that in the North-East of Nigeria, there is a wide margin between what obtains and what is being advocated as a result of how power and clientele politics come into play; consequently, women have always been left out. This paper recommends the need for women to be more organised, using a collaborative multi-sectoral approach to the realisation of their human right and all endevours.
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