Mas­culin­ity, fem­i­nin­ity causes of gen­der vi­o­lence

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

New re­search find­ings have re­vealed that mas­culin­ity and fem­i­nin­ity are pow­er­ful “root causes” of gen­der in­equal­ity and vi­o­lence against women in all its forms.

Four sep­a­rate stud­ies make up the re­port “Be­ing a Man in Nige­ria: Per­spec­tives and Re­al­i­ties” ex­pected to be launched next week by the group, Voices for Change Nige­ria (C4C).

Deputy team leader of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mu­ni­rat Ogun­layi noted that the re­port said rigid gen­der stereo­types of men and women cre­ated in­di­vid­ual ten­sions ex­hib­ited in neg­a­tive so­cial voices and in­ter­per­sonal con­flict and vi­o­lence.

Ac­cord­ing to her, at least 70% of men and 50% of women who took part in the study be­lieved men needed to be tough, in­tel­li­gent, fear­less and show no emo­tion.

Whereas half of all men and women be­lieve a man with­out an in­come is “of no value,” said Ogun­layi at a media round­table in Abuja.

She said re­al­i­ties brought to the fore by the re­port in­clude in­creas­ing eco­nomic power of women to take care of home and con­trib­ute in ways that can ease pres­sure on men.

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