THE ROLE OF LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION CENTERS IN THE PROVISION OF INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES FOR GENDER EQUALITY IN NIGERIA
Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to identify the contemporary challenges confronting Nigerian libraries and information centres in this aspect of human endeavour and the diverse ways in which libraries, information centres and other organisations promote gender activities and equality are identified. Methodology: The paper is a position paper that recommends the best resources and services that libraries and information centres should provide to promote gender equality. Sources of data for this work comprise of primary, secondary data such as reports and books and personal observation by the researcher Finding: The result found out that gender equality acknowledges that irrespective of gender, everyone gets equal opportunity to live a fulfilled life. Women and girls have the right and are entitled to full and equal opportunities, which cover all aspects of human endeavor. Like their male counterparts, they are entitled to be free from all forms of discrimination. However, Nigerian women, like many women in Africa, are deprived socially, economically and politically in relation to their male counterparts. The paper is an opinion paper. Unique contribution to theory and practice: The libraries need to create enabling environments for discussing issues that concern women and girls, and provision of resources and services that promote their peculiar and specific interests and rights, such as combating discriminatory practices and stereotypes.