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Investing wisely?: Women, gender and urban economic growth in Ibadan, Nigeria

Authors: Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin*, Queen's University
Topics: Gender, Urban Geography
Keywords: SDGs, women, gender equality, urban entrepreneurialism
Session Type: Paper
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Through the use of semi-structured interviews and discourse analyses of newspapers and radio shows, this presentation examines the role of various stakeholders in implementing, and disseminating knowledge about, SDGs 5 (gender equality) and 11 (sustainable cities) in Ibadan, Nigeria. The presentation argues that although there are efforts to critique the role culture plays in gender socialization, interventions to address women’s socio-economic empowerment continue to focus on investing in women rather than addressing structural roots of inequalities in the city. The presentation also asserts that approaches to SDG 11 make inadequate connections between the everyday lives of women and urban entrepreneurialism in Ibadan. I conclude that the policy focus on urban economic growth, in the name of sustainable development, lacks a critical gender analysis, thus contradicting the SDG pledge to "leave no one behind".

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