International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Gender Role Transformation in the Oil Mining Industry in Kenya: a Case Study of Lokichar, Turkana
Caroline Khasoha Shikuku, Prof Edward Mburugu, Dr Salim Nungari, Dr Joseph Kabiru

The mining industry presents opportunities for economic development not only in Kenya but the entire world. There is hence need to involve women more to realize this development. The purpose of this paper is to analyze gender role transformation in the oil mining industry in Kenya. This paper is anchored on three theories; gender relations theory as the anchor theory, conflict theory and diffusion innovation theory. Desk review and various studies done in Kenya on Extractive Industry will inform this paper while anchoring on a recent study by the author of this paper. The study findings show that gender roles have been transformed as a result of oil mining. Additionally, oil mining has influenced changes in livelihoods for women but locals not aware of laws and policies dealing with gender in the oil mining industry. The paper recommends good will in implementation of gender policies and Affirmative Action.

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