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Transformative Empowerment in the Lagos State Civil Service: A Gender Policy Discourse

Felicia A.D. Oyekanmi, Aderonke Majekodunmi
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 4, No 2 | a115 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v4i2.115 | © 2016 Felicia A.D. Oyekanmi, Aderonke Majekodunmi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 November 2016 | Published: 01 June 2016

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Felicia A.D. Oyekanmi, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Aderonke Majekodunmi, University of Lagos, Nigeria

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Abstract

Transformation means positive change to new values and direction. This research is concerned with the relationship between empowerment processes that are transformatory and gender equality in the workplace. Its scope includes integrating a transformatory view into women’s and men’s consciousness and autonomy over their career, education and health. This research adopted a case-study approach by using the Ministries of Education, Health, Establishment, Training and Pensions and the Civil Service Commission in Lagos State, employing a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods as its empirical research methodology. The field work was carried out in Lagos State in the months of June and July, 2014 while the interview was in July and August, 2014. This study demonstrated that gender-blind policies disempower women and perpetuate gender inequalities in the Lagos State Civil Service. Further, it shows that the manifestation of transformatory empowerment is jeopardised by women and men's compliance with the existing expectations and inaction to bring about changes in policies and practices that are detrimental to the attainment of gender equality in the work place.

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Transformation; Empowerment; Gender; Policy; Civil Service

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