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Discrimination on the basis of sex often starts at the earliest stages of life, greater equality for the girl child and the adolescent girl are necessary first steps to ensuring that women have equal rights later in life. Disparities in the way girls and boys are raised and treated are at the root of many sexual and reproductive health problems and developmental challenges. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of gender issues on the development of the girl child in Ogbunabali community in Port Harcourt Rivers State Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was employed. A total of a hundred and twenty (120) girls within the age range of 12 – 18 years were randomly selected from a population of over one thousand two hundred girls in Ogbunabali community’. A questionnaire was administered to respondents and responses retrieved. Data collected was presented using pie chart, histogram and graphs and were analysed using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS). Ninety three percent (93%) of the respondent agreed that gender issues have negative effects on the development of the girl child physically, educationally, politically and psychosocially in the society especially in the Ogbunabali community were a high value is placed on the boy child. Hence formal education of the girl child will go a long way in in the resolve of gender issues which have a negative effect on the girl child in Ogbunabali community.
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Author(s): Edith Otu Maureen B Nkamare