Women in Rural and Urban Contexts
At a time of rapid urbanisation, Nigeria, like countries around the world, is witnessing significant change in how we live, what we do for employment and leisure, and how we relate to one another. Gender roles and attitudes are changing, as opportunities abound for many women like never before. Yet urban living also presents new challenges, and new forms of injustices.
In this collection of 15 resources, we look at the dynamics, trends, and differences that relate to women’s experiences in rural and urban areas, and how and why women navigate between this inter-dependent, but in some ways increasingly polarised, system. Understanding the complexities involved is vital if we are to mitigate risk and ensure that this fast-moving, transformational period of change is inclusive and just for all.
In this collection:
How do women's experiences and every day life differ between rural and urban contexts, and what challenges remain shared? What linkages and inter-dependencies exist between rural and urban systems, and what role do women, as migrants, entrepreneurs, and family members, play in these complex dynamics?
What health issues and occupational hazards do women in rural Nigeria face, and what can be done to better serve and empower women in remote rural areas? Women's representation is one answer, and successful efforts in Zimbabwe to promote women's participation at the local government level may hold valuable lessons.
What new opportunities and challenges are presented by urban living, with its greater diversity and density of people? How and where is patriarchy reproduced in urban environments, and what needs to be done to make cities more gender-sensitive and safe for women?
In the face of increasing demand for food, what can be done to develop agricultural and rural infrastructure to increase productivity? Women represent an untapped opportunity, not just in agriculture, but across the Nigerian economy; could gender-responsive and accessible mobile financial services play a part in empowering women?