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Title:Women's Organisations among the Kipsigis: Change, Variety and Differential Participation
Author:Sorensen, Anne
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Kenya
women's organizations
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1161350
Abstract:The article argues that the great economic transformations which have occurred in Kipsigis society in the Kenya highlands, particularly since the turn of this century, have fundamentally changed the ties women establish among themselves at the local level, outside the close family and the household. The ways in which women live and work together, as wives and mothers, have changed in a way which seriously undermines the collective sanctions of female solidarity across households. In this process of change women's indigenous ways of associating have developed other forms and new women's organizations have emerged with governmental and other 'outside' support. The article deals primarily with changes in the cooperative efforts in which Kipsigis women have traditionally engaged. Its focus is on women's neighbourhood-level work groups, but is also examines other and more recent local-level groups and organizations that deal with different aspects of women's lives, particularly income-generating groups. The article is based on a one-year period of fieldwork (from April 1985 to April 1986) in Mosop Location, Kericho District. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.