n Gender and Behaviour - Sustaining Nigerian women in the world of work for development

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1596-9231



Women in the world of work in Nigeria have always been described as disadvantaged because they are believed to be discriminated against by unfavourable cultural practices. However, while as elsewhere in the world, women are yet to be at par with male counterparts in economic, social and political spheres, the experiences of Nigerian women are captured in words which are demoralizing. The low morale affects their participation and production in economic spheres, hence anti-development.

On a purely theoretical basis, the objectives of this paper are four-fold. One, to define, trace the origin and intent of discrimination; two, use a different gender lens to capture their experiences through a comparative analysis; three, identify anti-development acts women engage in which are traceable to the common picture of the Nigerian women the available literatures present; and, finally, suggest ways of making work of interest to the women folk and subsequently improve on the economy.
The paper concluded on the need for a re-appraisal of the experiences of working Nigerian women to boost development plans and policies.

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