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Women’s Involvement Level in Housework and Level of Irregularities in Public Service: The Need for Gender Sensitive Changes in Nigerian Work Policy (English version)


  • Grace Reuben ETUK

    () (Grace Reuben Etuk (PhD) is an industrial sociologist and gender specialist University of Calabar and currently an associate research fellow to the Centre of Educational Development and Career Initiative (CEDCI), Calabar. Nigeria)

  • Emem Bassey INYANG

    () (Emem Bassey Inyang is a programme measurement and evaluation specialist as well as agrorural development extension education and communication specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria)

  • Reuben Ufot ETUK

    () (Reuben Ufot Etuk is a Development administrator and specialises in Monitoring & Evalauation. He is currently, the programme director; Centre for Educational Development and Career Initiative (CEDCI), P. O. Box 1998, Calabar, Nigeria)


Because of low socioeconomic wellbeing status across most families, women in Nigeria are becoming more and more involved in regular employment, while still maintaining their traditional role of performing housework. Meaningful employment and ensuring a balanced family are quite imperative to Nigeria, but what are the current dimensions of their interaction and how significant could this interaction be? This study utilized a field data generated in Calabar metropolis, the capital city of Cross River State, South Nigeria. Findings reveal that housework, women’s traditional role, makes them to sometimes display certain irregularities in their regular employment. This play down by women in their regular employment to live up to societal expectation as home keepers is explained using identity-behaviour link theory. Consequently, the paper recommends appropriate work policies and working conditions that are more women and family institution friendly in Nigeria.

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  • Grace Reuben ETUK & Emem Bassey INYANG & Reuben Ufot ETUK, 2011. "Women’s Involvement Level in Housework and Level of Irregularities in Public Service: The Need for Gender Sensitive Changes in Nigerian Work Policy (English version)," Revista de cercetare si interventie sociala, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 32, pages 95-106, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:32:y:2012:i::p:95-106

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    housework; public service; work irregularities; gender policy;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • J79 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Other


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