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Title:Women's Participation at Executive Level in Trade Unions in Nigeria (1985-1990)
Author:Obi, Regina U.
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:trade unions
women managers
Women's Issues
Labor and Employment
Gender-based analysis
Women's participation
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24482737
Abstract:The participation of women in trade unions in Nigeria is low compared with that of men. Moreover, for every three women occupying an executive position, there are fifteen men. A majority of the 150 respondents who returned properly completed questionnaires in the course of a survey conducted in 1990 wanted women to occupy executive positions in Nigerian trade unions. However, four major constraints militating against women's desire to participate in trade unions were identified. These were gender discrimination, lack of time, husband's lack of support, and women's alleged lack of vigour. Suggested ways of increasing women's trade union participation in Nigeria include providing equal job opportunities for men and women, enlightening the populace through mass education programmes about women and trade unionism, scheduling meetings at times that are convenient for women, and seeking the husband's support. Women's participation at the executive level of trade unions would increase if the social image of trade unionism was improved. At present trade unionism in Nigeria is seen as a tough, dirty, political, corrupt, hooliganistic, tedious and time-consuming job. Bibliogr., note.