Hindrances to Women Participation in Trade Union Activities in Selected Universities in North Central Nigerian.

  • IYAJI Adejoh Federal University Kashere, Gombe State, Nigeria.
Keywords: Hindrances, Patriarchy, Trade Unionism, Women and Participation.


This empirical work has as its major objective, the exposition of the factors hindering the effective participation of women in trade union activities in Nigeria focusing on the four house unions in three North Central Nigerian Universities. Close ended questionnaires and in-depth interview were used to elicit data for this research. Simple percentage and frequency tables were employed in analyzing the data. Findings of the study showed that a host of factors inhibit the effective participation of women in trade union activities in the three universities selected. Chief among the hindrances were the impact of patriarchal structures inherent in the unions, the attitude of the women themselves to unionism, family and domestic commitments amongst others. Recommendations bother on the need for greater networking between unions and women bodies in Nigeria to enhance women participation; eradication of patriarchal structures in unions; re-education and re-socialization or women to enhance their participation as well as show of commitment and change of attitude on the part of the women to union activities in Nigeria.

Author Biography

IYAJI Adejoh, Federal University Kashere, Gombe State, Nigeria.

Department of Sociology


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