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Title:The Changing Role of Women in Families and Their Housing Needs: A Case Study of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Author:Oruwari, Yomi
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:women's employment
informal sector
Urbanization and Migration
Women's Issues
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Sex Roles
Women and Their Children
Sexual division of labor
Port Harcourt (Nigeria)
Abstract:In Nigeria, the role of breadwinner has traditionally been ascribed to the head of the household, usually a man. As a result considerations concerning the location, design and planning of housing are related to advantages for men alone. Women's economic contribution to the family has been grossly underestimated. The present study examines the importance of the informal sector in providing employment for women and especially the use of residential neighbourhoods as centres where goods and services are produced and sold. It estimates income generated by women in households, analyses household expenditure, distinguishing what is spent by men and women, and reviews the housing production mechanism and the extent to which it aids the operation of women's income-generating activities. Finally, it reexamines the concept of the household and the effect on housing needs in the light of these findings. Data come from a study of low-income households in Port Harcourt. Bibliogr., sum.