Women workers

Women and the informal economy in urban Africa : from the margins to the centre

Upphovsperson: Kinyanjui, Mary Njeri
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet | London ; Uppsala : Zed Books ; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 2014
Ämnesord: Africa, Kenya, Nairobi, Informal sector, Hidden economy, Women, Economic conditions, Women workers, Urban planning, Women’s role, gender roles, case studies, SOCIAL SCIENCES, SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP
In this highly original work, Mary Njeri Kinyanjui explores the trajectory of women's movement from the margins of urbanization into the centres of business activities in Nairobi and its accompanying implications for urban planning.While women in much of Africa have struggled to gain urban citizenship and continue to be weighed down by poor education, low income and confinement to domestic responsibilities due to patriarchic norms, a new form of urban dynamism - partly informed by the informal economy - is now enabling them to manage poverty, create jobs and link to the circuits of capital and labour. Relying on social ties, reciprocity, sharing and collaboration, women's informal 'solidarity entrepreneurialism' is taking them away from the margins of business activity and catapulting them into the centre.Bringing together key issues of gender, economic informality and urban planning in Africa, Kinyanjui demonstrates that women have become a critical factor in the making of a postcolonial city.

Transforming female identities/Transformation des Identités Feminines : women's organizational forms in West Africa/Formes d'organisations féminines en Afrique de l'Ouest

Medarbetare: Evers Rosander, Eva
Utgivare: Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
År: 1997
Ämnesord: West Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Cultural identity, Religious groups, Women, Women workers, Women's organizations, Conference papers, Gender, , SOCIAL SCIENCES, SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP
This book examines the significance of the association as platforms for transformation of female identities. Women suffer from male domination and socio-cultural norms and values which deprives them of political power in the community, but do the women's associations work to change this situation for the better or do they confirm and support existing power and gender structures? As some authors are Anglophone and other Francophone, the articles are written either in English with a French abstract or vice versa.