Gender, Rights and Participation in the Kenya Cut Flower Industry (Natural Resources Institute Working Paper No. 2768)

Dolan, Catherine, Opondo, Maggie and Smith, Sally (2003) Gender, Rights and Participation in the Kenya Cut Flower Industry (Natural Resources Institute Working Paper No. 2768). Natural Resources Institute.

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Abstract

Cut flower production is now a major part of the Kenyan economy, but the country's success in supplying European markets has brought with it increased attention to the industry's social and environmental impacts. Driven by the various concerns of consumers, retailers, European regulators and civil society organisations, flower growers have to comply with a number of codes of conduct. This report examines how such codes address employment conditions in the industry, particularly as this relates to the experiences of women who comprise the majority of the workforce. Particular issues raised by women workers include: employment insecurity; sexual harassment; intimidating complaints procedures; lack of access to adequate maternity leave; and limited awareness of rights and codes. However, there are various actions that different stakeholders can take to improve the situation of women in the industry. In particular, it is crucial to consider the gender-specific impacts of the industry and gender-sensitive solutions, both of which require not only capacity building amongst employers and workers, but also an understanding of how improving labour conditions relates to productivity and quality.

Item Type: Other Working Paper
Keywords: Kenya; Gender roles; Flower industry; Women; Labour Conditions
Subject(s): Retail
Centre: Oxford Institute of Retail Management
Faculty of Marketing
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2012 15:06
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:07
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/2792

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