Combining Economic Work and Motherhood: Challenges Faced by Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Waterhouse, Philippa, Bennett, Rachel ORCID: 0000-0002-5780-8786, Guntupalli, Aravinda and Mokomane, Zitha (2022) Combining Economic Work and Motherhood: Challenges Faced by Women in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Problems. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-19.

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Women’s participation in the labor force can be a vehicle for gender equality and female empowerment. Female labor force participation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is relatively high, but one key barrier for women realizing their full potential in the labor market in SSA is the challenges associated with combining economic work and motherhood. Women’s role as workers can play an important role in economic development and poverty reduction, while their role as mothers can be critical to the achievement of goals related to children’s health and development. This chapter provides a review of existing knowledge and literature on challenges faced by women in SSA in combining economic work and motherhood. In doing so this chapter will focus on three driving questions: (1) How do working mothers navigate childcare? (2) What are the consequences of women combining work and motherhood for maternal and child well-being?, and (3) What are the gaps in social protection for parents, particularly working mothers? A context-specific evidence-base is required for the development of policy, and this chapter concludes with a call for such research in SSA, which pays particular attention to the barriers faced by women working in the informal sector in balancing their multiple roles and evaluations of interventions to facilitate the reconciliation of work and family for women.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Rachel Bennett
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2022 09:56
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2024 04:15

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