ERIC Number: EJ758743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 13
Empowering Women for Development through Community-Driven Sustainable Programmes: A Response to Traditional Patriarchal Power in the Southern African Region
Braimoh, Dele; Lekoko, Rebecca; Alade, Eunice B.
Convergence, v37 n2 p79-89 2004
In the Southern Africa region, the act of prejudice against women mostly occurs where patriarchal power reigns. This type of power is felt in areas such as inheritance right, division of labour, access to political and economic resources and legal and social matters. Other areas of discrimination against women include access to educational and employment opportunities, agricultural practice, land ownership and socio-economic and national development programmes. People should not deny the fact that in the Southern African region and beyond, women have greater responsibilities of being household heads. They take care of the children and other important family chores and decisions. In addition, they also engage in productive venture as the majority of their husbands work in the mines, leaving all other social, marital and agricultural activities to women. Despite the onerous responsibilities that they shoulder, women are, from a patriarchal traditional belief system, unproductive as far as the development of their nations is concerned. Thus, attitudes or traditions that perpetuate women's problems can be addressed through systematic and regionally planned community-driven sustainable programmes. It is important to build adequate women's capacity through local community organisations. These organisations have the potential to revolutionise the ways in which people think about women, their potential and capabilities. Regional networking is central to their success because to push for reform, women need greater political power. One way of gaining and sustaining this type of power is to regionalise, so that they can compose a very strong voice to be heard across the region.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ownership, Females, Employment Opportunities, Political Power, Gender Issues, Sex Role, Gender Bias
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Identifiers - Location: Africa