Unpaid care work in Nigeria

Nigeria is one of four focus countries in ActionAid’s programme on women’s unpaid care work. ActionAid created a participatory time use tool that participants in each country could use to measure the time and energy they spend on unpaid care work. In Nigeria women participants reported sleeping less hours each day than men and spending more than four hours a day on childcare. Women spent on average 80 minutes each day collecting water and complained of feeling exhausted as a result.

Gender balance of housework, Nigeria. Taken from ActionAid Making Care Visible programme


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Details of a workshop held in Nigeria by ActionAid International and IDS earlier this year

Nigeria programme report

Country Progress Report (2012-2013): Nigeria. Nesbitt-Ahmed, Zahrah; Chopra, Deepta.

This report covers work in Nigeria over the first year and a half of the programme. It sets out the political economy context in Nigeria, outlines progress made in building an advocacy strategy, and details some challenges, successes and lessons learnt so far.

Evidence report

Gender equality in Nigeria

Nigeria experienced many years of military rule after its independence from Britain in 1960, along with violence along religious and ethnic lines. Women and girls experience significant gender gaps in education, economic empowerment and political participation and discriminatory laws and practices, as well violence against women, hinders efforts to achieve gender equality. The maternal mortality rate is high in Nigeria and access to health care is limited for women and girls in rural areas.

Nigeria ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1985, and the Optional Protocol in 2004. The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa was ratified by Nigeria in 2005.

The country was ranked 79 out of 86 in the 2012 Social Instututions and Gender Index. It was not ranked in the 2012 Gender Equity Index due to incomplete data.