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ERIC Number: ED314339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Contemporary Development Issues: The Women of Zimbabwe.
Rucks, Doris
This preliminary report of a research project in progress briefly outlines Zimbabwe's historical, geographic, and cultural heritage and describes the methodology being used. Traditionally, Zimbabwean women are viewed as inferior and subordinate in a patriarchal society. They perform much of the work but have no political power. This study seeks to learn the extent to which developing countries such as Zimbabwe are actually contributing to the empowerment of women since the United Nations declared International Women's Year (1975) and through what channels this empowerment could be observed and even measured. Also of interest are the dynamics of the development process itself and how the strategies of development projects include, exclude, and affect women. Twenty-nine women and one man in and around Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe, who were engaged in some development activity with an emphasis on women's issues were interviewed and four groups were identified which serve as the basis of the analysis. Group 1 was composed of the indigenous, rural women who were engaged principally in income generating activities designed to improve their marginal economic status. Group 2 was made up of indigenous, urban women, members of a textile union who met monthly to discuss work-related problems. Group 3 consisted of two women who held the only governmental appointments filled by women. Group 4 was composed of the directors of non-governmental organizations. The ongoing research will attempt to develop evaluative criteria to assess the impact of the four groups on the development of women in Zimbabwe. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe