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Chapter 6: Women in Development: The Case of Bodija Market in Ibadan, South Western Nigeria
Tokunbo Simbowale Osinubi 1 Introduction Women’s contribution to economic progress is increasingly being acknowledged throughout the world. The signiﬁcant role of women in development has gained considerable attention in the last few years. Women, representing slightly more than half of the total population of the developing countries, are in a strong position to aﬀect population trends and economic growth. Greater recognition of these factors has brought about some changes in the economic role and status of women, yet in many societies their control over their own lives remains relatively limited. They are still at a disadvantage in getting the needed information and resources to work more productively or to improve their family’s welfare. Thus the World Bank has increasingly emphasized the need to involve women in the design and implementation of the development programmes so as to make them more active and eﬀective participants in economic activities. And even where national policies encourage equality of opportunities, women still generally lag behind their male counterparts in educational attainment, earning capacity and other respects. These have partly been linked to some traditional constraints, which not only limit the supply of opportunities for women, but also limit women’s own demand for such opportunities. It is as a result of this that this chapter examines the role of women in development using Bodija market in the southwestern part of Nigeria as a case study. 2 Markets in South Western Nigeria1 Nigeria is divided into six geopolitical zones namely, Southwest, Southeast, South...
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