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Title:The Gendered Workplace in Kenya: A Comparative Analysis of Agricultural Technicians in Public and Parastatal Sector Work Settings
Author:Mulinge, Munyae M.
Year:2001
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Volume:17
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:53-77
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:gender relations
labour relations
agriculture
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Labor and Employment
economics
Politics and Government
gender
Gender-based analysis
Technical personnel
public enterprises
civil service
discrimination
Abstract:The purpose of this article is to provide data on gender inequalities in the workplace in Kenya. An overview is presented of the status of women in the labour force in Kenya. Focusing on the modern agriculture sector, workplace conditions for male and female agricultural technicians in public and parastatal sector work settings are analysed to test the hypothesis that, relative to the public sector, the potential for differential treatment based on gender is likely to be higher in the parastatal sector. The study analyses a sample of 1,229 agricultural technicians. Of this total, 824 were extension workers in a public sector setting, while the remaining 405 served as researchers in a parastatal sector. Compared to those in the public sector, female technicians in the parastatal sector perceived greater workplace disadvantages. These can be explained in terms of fewer formal rules and regulations in the sector to check differential treatment of employees. The results demonstrate the importance of the social organization of the workplace in understanding gender inequalities in employment settings. App., bibliogr., sum.
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