Accepted paper:

Men at parental work in Dakar and Lomé : Are reconfigurations of  female roles transforming those of men ?


Charlotte Vampo (CEPED/Université Paris Descartes)
Laure Moguérou (IRD)

Paper short abstract:

Changing roles of women in West African capitals are likely to  destabilize gender relations. This communication will focus on the  transformations of masculinity, understood as the investments of  men in domestic work, care-giving and children education, through the  example of Dakar and Lome

Paper long abstract:

LONG : Women in West African capitals are more and more numerous in  so-called "modern" jobs in the "formal" sector of the economy, because  of their better access to schooling in recent decades. These  transformations are likely to destabilize gender relations. On the one  hand, professional work is no longer a men privilege. On the other  hand, increasing women's access to employment income and their  contribution to household income is shaking up the "male breadwinner"  model. This communication will focus on the transformations of masculinity,  understood here as the investments of men in domestic work,  care-giving and children education, through the example of two West  African capitals : Dakar and Lome This communication will be based on a cross-analysis of quantitative  and qualitative surveys conducted in Dakar and Lome. In Dakar, a  quantitative survey, inspired by the one conducted in Lomé in 2010 (on  500 households) was conducted in 2018 among 1,200 households. These  surveys include the usual participation of household members in  domestic work, current household expenditures and in educational and  care-giving work. These data will be mobilized to uncover the division  of domestic work within households and the profiles of married men who  are currently investing domestic , educational and care-giving work.  Therefore, the communication will answer to major questions : • How  does fatherhood change (or remain the same) with motherhood shifts ? •  How do different family formations and changing economic roles of  mothers, influence fatherhood?

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