Gender Studies Research Papers/Topics

Economic Growth and Female Participation in the Labour Market: Gender Disaggregated Data

The study aims to examine the impact of economic growth on female labour market participation in Kenya with data spanning between 1991 and 2022. Labour-force data disaggregated by gender are important to monitor the dynamic of gender inequalities in the labour market. The secondary data used to construct the time series was obtained from the World Bank and the International Labour Organization sources. The research was informed by the Feminisation U hypothesis, which describes the tendency of...

Gender parity in academic leadership in selected Southern African Universities: A critical analysis and reflection.

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to analyse and explain gender representation in academic leadership positions in selected universities in Southern Africa as well as to test how far the representation compares with global figures on gender representation in academic leadership positions. The study focused on leadership in faculties and departments only. Content analysis was used as the sole data collection method. Results of the study showed that there is very little if any, effort be...

Gender and student performance in sub-Saharan Africa.

Abstract: Women’s underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) impedes progress in solving Africa’s complex development problems. As in other regions, women’s participation in STEM drops progressively moving up the education and career ladder, with women currently constituting 30% of Africa’s STEM researchers. This study elucidates gender-based differences in PhD performance using new survey data from 227 alumni of STEM PhD programs in 17 African co...

Making it to the PhD: Gender and student performance in sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract: Women’s underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) impedes progress in solving Africa’s complex development problems. As in other regions, women’s participation in STEM drops progressively moving up the education and career ladder, with women currently constituting 30% of Africa’s STEM researchers. This study elucidates gender-based differences in PhD performance using new survey data from 227 alumni of STEM PhD programs in 17 African co...

Women’s Access to Post-Secondary Education and Structural Inequalities

UN Sustainable Development Goal No.5 urges the attainment of gender equality and women empowerment by 2030. This has intensified the fight for gender parity and female empowerment in Africa with some successes. Despite this, changes in Ghana's educational system have not dispelled the widespread belief that men are better equipped for careers. This is especially in the technical and vocational fields. This misconception has hampered disadvantaged young women's motivation, making them less lik...

The Turbaning of Amina Yusuf Garba, MNI as Tambarar Binji: A Gender Narrative of the Episode

It is the story of the first female to be turbaned in recent history of the Sokoto caliphate and northern Nigeria at large. The episode promises great deal to women folks considered to have been held to utmost seclusion since and even before the jihad of 1804 in Hausa land. Amina Yusuf Garba MON, mini therefore, made history on Saturday,26 February,2022 by epic turbaning as Tambarar Binji, Sokoto State Nigeria. The development no doubt would generate robust discussion amongst feminists, schol...

A NOTE ON THE PROBLEMS AND SUBORDINATION OF WOMEN IN URHOBO LAND:UNFOLDING OF THE WORDS THAT CARRY TRUTH .

This paper aims at discussing the difficulty of women in the Urhobo area of Delta State. It condemn all traditional practice that are not in line with current stage of development as obselete. It firmly acertian that if all theories put on ground by Marx and Engel are well use , the world would be a better place for women.

Inclusion of Gender in Africas Climate Change Policies and Strategies

This paper reviews climate change related policies and strategies in East and West Africa through a gendered lens. The countries are Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania in East Africa and Ghana and Nigeria in West Africa. Drawing upon a gender inclusion criteria, the study assesses how countries have integrated gender in their climate change policies and strategies. We did a qualitative review of existing climate change policies and strategies using minimum principles for gender responsive climate change...

Closing the gender gap in Agriculture under climate change

Women face barriers that significantly constrain their production and entangle them in a low productivity trap. These barriers encompass societal norms, the gender division of labour (GDOL), resource constraints (access to and use of land), no or low use of inputs (eg drought-adapted seeds), and limited access to climate services and agro-advisories. Under a changing climate, these barriers will further constrain women’s ability to adapt, and the gender gap in agriculture will continue to ...

Enhancing women's political fortunes: Is a 50/50 Campaign possible?

 The 50/50  Campaign as a tool for enhancing women’s political participation has gained currency in recent time.  Its call for equal participation of women and men in politics and public office has reinvigorated various activisms globally.  This paper examines the  Campaign within the context of  Ghanaian women’s political fortunes.  Contesting its feasibility against a background of women’s poor performance at national elections and political appointments, it argues that the suc...

Is gender yet another colonial project?

This paper questions Oyeronke Oyewumi’s (1997) claim in her thought-provoking work, ‘The invention of women: Making an African sense of Western gender discourse,’ that gender in African societies is a colonial project. It interrogates Oyewumi’s project of contesting meanings that lack understandings and appreciation of history and culture. Using conceptual analysis and desk reviews interlaced with anecdotal snippets, the paper attempts a re-reading of Oyewumi interrogations of social ...