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Title:Gender Disparities in the Kenyan Labor Market: Implications for Poverty Reduction
Author:Suda, Collette A.ISNI
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:gender relations
Women's Issues
Labor and Employment
Economics and Trade
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Equality and Liberation
External link:https://www.njas.fi/njas/article/view/344/327
Abstract:The central argument of this paper is that the mainstreaming of a gender perspective into investment activities is necessarily a long-term process which involves the integration of gender issues in all national and sectoral policies and programmes in Kenya. It demonstrates how gender and regional disparities in education and training lead to women's limited access to formal education and lower adult literacy rates which undermine their capacity to participate in the formal and informal labour market on an equal basis with men. An analysis of gender participation in different sectors of the economy reveals that female labour force participation in the modern sector has remained below 30 percent over the last several years compared to men, who hold a disproportionately larger share of the modern sector jobs. The majority of women are employed in the educational and informal sectors. Those who work in the agricultural sector are usually engaged as casuals. Gender representation in the Kenyan civil service also shows gross underrepresentation of women in top management and policymaking positions. In conclusion, the paper presents suggestions to deal with the twin issues of gender-based labour market segregation and poverty reduction. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]