Focusing on the maternal and trading roles as conflicting and complementing, this article explores the female labour force of Igbo women in rural and urban Nigeria. The majority of Igbo women contribute to local trade by carrying on various types of activities, studies have shown that approximate 45.5 % (World Bank 2019) of the Nigerian labour force is women; they either participate in farm activities or carry petty business. 73.15% of women are engaged in farm activities while 26.85 % are in the non-farm activities. Labour force participation in trade activities is challenging; women are marginalized and limited in their opportunity. In spite of difficulties, women continue to persist. This discussion provides insight into the basis of resistance and challenges and offers an opportunity to evaluate the use of economic trade-based activities as an opportunity to challenge existing patriarchal boundaries and promote gender equity.
"Repression and Resistance: Negotiation between Motherhood and Labour Force Participation by Igbo Women,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 23:
4, Article 2.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol23/iss4/2