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The Nigerian National Mosque and The National Church of Nigeria; in Abuja. Johnny Greig | Photoshelter


Gender, Faith and Diversity

April 2017

Faith can come in many forms, and is an important element of identity and culture to a large majority of people in Nigeria. Yet from this diversity can come friction, as old and new ideas compete and relate in a rapidly changing world. In this collection, we explore some of the many powerful ways in which faith and diversity intersect, and how these relationships impact gender equality at various scales, and in a range of sectors.

Some of the 26 resources we have selected highlight barriers to women’s rights, wellbeing and mobility that are exerted in the name of tradition and religion, while other resources focus on faith-based education, leadership, and collaboration, and how they are creating opportunities for gender justice and national unity.

In this collection:


What implications does the diversity of faith, ethnicity and culture in Nigeria have for gender equality? How does this simultaneously raise challenges and provide opportunities for advancing women's rights?

Religious and Traditional Practices

In what ways are certain religious and traditional practices, such as those relating to widowhood, impacting on women's rights, security and access to services?

Faith Leaders

How are key progressive figures in different faith groups taking a positive approach to issues such as women's empowerment, gender based violence and sexual & reproductive health?

Religion and Education

In what ways can moderate religious institutions use education to counter fundamentalist ideologies and support gender equality efforts?

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