PURPOSE: Traditionally, homeownership is a sector where women face severe constraints in access and participation because of the existing structures of gender relations despite a lot of benefits to it. This paper thus examined the benefits of women participation in homeownership in Nigeria with a view to improving women status.

DESIGN: The study purposively administered one hundred and seventy (170) questionnaires to females’ staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Nigeria, that is a Federal established Institution with all the major tribes represented. The study grouped the benefits in homeownership under four main headings; economics, social, physiological health and better family connection. Both descriptive and inferential techniques were used to analyze the data.

FINDINGS: The findings showed that good investments opportunity was the most beneficial factors of women participating in homeownership under economics benefits. Under social benefits; life satisfaction was the most significant benefit while self esteem/prestige was the most significant benefit under physiological health. Improve children education achievement was the most beneficial factor under better family connection. Also, economic benefit top the list of the four main groups ranked.

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: The study recommended that government should encourage women to participate in homeownership by accord them easy access to lands and soft loans for the development.

ORIGINALITY: Women’s equal rights to adequate housing, land and property are well elaborated under international human rights law but are often elusive in practice. This paper empirically examined the benefits of women participating in homeownership in Nigeria.