Unpaid care workshop, Nigeria

In early 2013 IDS and ActionAid International held a workshop on unpaid care in Nigeria. The workshop attracted around 40 participants from the public sector, academia, labour, community leaders, civil society organisations, faith based organisations and women’s rights groups. Together they began to develop policy influencing strategies that would raise the visibility of unpaid care work and encourage the state to address the issue.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Increase participants’ understanding of how care and women’s rights are key to achieving social justice.
  2. Understand how women’s groups, civil society organisations and allies can organise to overcome resistance at both local and national levels.
  3. Identify stakeholders that will help to bring about change and discuss policy influencing strategies and entry points.
  4. Develop key steps, activities and messages that will be used to advocate for care and social justice.

The expected outputs of the workshop were:

  1. That participants leave with a stronger and deeper understanding of care and women’s rights issues.
  2. To agree on a common approach for a policy influencing strategy that will care on the Nigerian government’s agenda.
  3. To complete a power analysis and stakeholder mapping to identify the issues and entry points to call for greater awareness on care and related policy changes.
  4. To develop elements of a national policy influencing strategy.

The workshop strengthened the capacity of the unpaid care work coalition in Nigeria on issues of early childcare development and unpaid care work, particularly in the Nigerian context. Knowledge was broadened on the links between care, women’s right and social justice. The meeting also provided a forum for the Coalition to develop key steps, activities and messages that will be used to advocate for care and social justice, including policy influencing strategies. Participants used the meeting to identify different actors (including potential allies and opponents) who could impact on their work and designed strategies to engage with each of these.

You can read the workshop report below: