This article briefly touches on the issues of the changing nature of development, sustainable approaches to development, and women's role in development. The article discusses and identifies social and cultural factors that constrain women's social development: son preference, inequality in education, poverty, nonrecognition of women's multiple roles, lack of information, discriminatory social practices and customary laws, and nonrecognition of women's rights as human rights. It is suggested that appropriate strategies for empowering women are the provision of adequate and better access to resources, alleviation of urban poverty through a holistic approach, advancement of girl's education, promotion of women in development, more mass media support, and male support. The government of Nigeria is working to actualize democracy, but more attention should be paid to involve women and to advance women by eliminating constraints that discourage women's development and empowerment. An institutional framework must be in place in the private and public sector in order to ensure that women's rights are not denied. Action should come from partnerships between government, nongovernmental organizations, and men and women themselves. Policies relating to women should be relevant, effective, acceptable, and sustainable to all parties. The government has a moral duty to raise, allocate, and reorganize public resources and to mobilize people to act in the interests and betterment of women and society. In Nigeria, the legislative framework should support equal participation of women in socioeconomic and political areas.