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Title:Multiple Identities and Multiple Organizing Strategies of Female Wage Workers in Kano's Manufacturing Sector
Author:Abdullah, HussainaISNI
Book title:Transforming female identities: women's organizational forms in West Africa
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:industrial workers
women workers
Labor and Employment
Abstract:This chapter assesses how different and changing situations in the work place influence and shape female factory workers' identities and concerns in the manufacturing sector of Kano (northern Nigeria). Fieldwork was conducted in 1988 and 1990 in twelve factories, six unionized and six non-unionized. The most commonly adopted identities in women wage workers' struggle against discrimination in the work place were found to be mediated not so much by gender and class as by internal differences, between administrative and shopfloor women, married and unmarried women, educated and less educated women, younger and older women, and Muslim and non-Muslim women. However, women's multiple identities on the shopfloor did not translate into multiple organizing strategies. Rather, the resistance and struggle in which female wage earners in the Kano industrial sector have engaged was that organized along class lines by the unions. Although there was some awareness among them of gender discrimination, the women were unwilling or unable to organize and mobilize against this, and the Nigeria Labour Congress Women's Wing (NLCWW) did not really provide a credible alternative organizing platform. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in French.