Women in Nigeria Formal Sector: Challenges and Coping Strategies

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Nnorom, C. C. P
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The paper outlines some of the problems facing Nigeria women in the formal sector. The discussion is based mainly on the International Labour Organizations' conventions and Recommendations of which Nigeria is a signatory. The paper points to the fact that most employers of labour in Nigeria are conversant with these agreements, yet their application of the rule as Jar as women workers are concerned is contrary. Women are discriminated against in employment and management positions because of their gender. They are not expected to take up tasks outside the home. This is because their supposed natural responsibilities are in the home and taking up such task will surely conflict with her domestic responsibilities. Some of the recommendations of the conventions are directed at the employers who are expected to provide facilities that will enable working mothers combine both tasks effectively. Employers do not implement these recommendations and women bear the brunt of the employers' ineffectiveness. The paper recommends that both at national and work levels, active commitment to the goals of the international labour standards should be pursued with utmost vigour to achieve a much more suitable work environment for working mothers which will ultimately lead to higher productivity and happy homes.
Nigerian women , Private sector , International Labour Organisation , Employment , Management , Family , International labour standards , International Labour Agreements
Nnorom, C. C. P. (2000). Women in Nigeria Formal Sector: Challenges and Coping Strategies. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference of the National Association of Women Academics (NAWACS), held at the University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria.