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Rachel Gallardo


The objective of Gender mainstreaming (GM) is to foster equal opportunities by applying a gender perspective to all policies and practices within organizations, thus influencing decisions and traditional structures of organizations. GM strategies redirect focus from increasing participation and representation to ensuring structure in organizational practices that address inequalities. The strain between women’s work experience and traditional role expectations contributes to the issues career women experience, especially those in male-dominated industries. Interviews with ten senior executives were conducted over Zoom, data were analyzed using a five-phased approach: compiling, disassembling, reassembling, interpreting, and concluding. This study buttresses how in spite of global attainments, GM interventions in male-dominated Nigerian industries continue to emphasize policies relating to childcare and excluding more pressing issues on gender. A dearth of training, poor commitment, no strategy, pay gaps, poor representation, nontechnical career choices were some identified reasons for the industry GM outcomes. An assessment of the leadership perception of GM was instrumental to uncovering the underlying issues within the organization. This study highlights practical steps to crafting a GM strategy customized to the organization for its effective establishment and leading to positive social change. Interventions that address work-life balance constraints, cultural bias, gender discrimination, stereotypes, and glass ceilings were encouraged to support GM.

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