Gender issues permeate all socio-cultural institutions. They condition how people of different
genders see themselves, act and relate with each other in any giving situation and time. In Nigeria,
the issue of gender is one that affects all facets of human life. It affects personality traits, gender
role behaviour, social status, acquisition of property, inheritance, occupation and responsibility in
the family, and society. Since most traditional African societies are patriarchal, of which Nigeria is
one, it is assumed that the women are subjugated and relegated to the background. This situation
has created tension and unhealthy relationship between males and females in Nigerian societies
because of the seeming undue advantage the men have over the women. It has also hampered
harnessing of women potentials in Nigeria’s developmental process and progress. Christianity as
a religion in Nigeria is a dominant force in the lives of men and women. Since its emergence in
Nigeria, many people have embraced the religion and its teaching thus changing most of the
cultural values of the people. Against this backdrop, this work explored conflicts and challenges
associated with gender issues and how Christianity has used some faith-based organisations to
address the issue, so as to promote holistic development policy and practices in Nigeria. The
methodology used in this article is the phenomenological method of research. It was used so as
to provide an objective report on the findings of this research.
CONTRIBUTION: This article advocates for a committed contemporary approach, especially from
the Church towards ameliorating the gender disparity in Nigeria and within the Church.
Although the context is Nigeria, Christian belief of Jesus Christ as the liberator of humanity
emphasised could be applied to other contexts too.