Abstract—This paper examines the persistence of patriarchy and gender inequality in AkwaIbom State, Nigeria. This is a problem in contemporary culture as such practice and mentality is not humanizing and supportive of authentic democratic principles. Following critical theological evaluation and descriptive survey method, the authors discovered the drivers of patriarchy and gender inequality: namely, religious and cultural prejudice against women. The persistence is engineered by religious and traditional practices and systems which are closed to conversion, despite theological and cultural renewal in the global context today. This endemic problem calls for a critical approach to socio-religious backgrounds empowered by integral education, which is capable of forging a hermeneutic of continuity which is respectful of both science and theology. Any society or institution that continues to raise sexist barriers is invariable unjust, and thus incapable of forging a civilization of love which is fundamental for peace and progress.
Index Terms—Culture, gender, patriarchy, persistence.
The authors are with the department of religious and cultural studies faculty of arts, University of Uyo, Nigeria (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Anthonia M. Essien and Donatus P. Ukpong, "Patriarchy and Gender Inequality: The Persistence of Religious and Cultural Prejudice in Contemporary Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 286-290, 2012.