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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Status of Women in the Sudan
Author:House, William J.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Sudan
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Education and Oral Traditions
Labor and Employment
Health and Nutrition
Cultural Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Education and Training
Status of Women
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161058
Abstract:This article is concerned with the position and economic status of women in the Sudan. Official data grossly underestimate their contribution to income-generating economic activities. This largely follows from deficiencies inherent in the standard measures of work, and the derivation of the rate of female labour-force participation. Most critics would agree that the majority of women in such a large subsistence agricultural economy make a major contribution to the production of basic food and undertake the bulk of such sex-related tasks as domestic cooking and cleaning, looking after children, and collection of water, firewood, and charcoal. Meanwhile, their principal function is seen to be childbearing. Both the range and intensity of the work undertaken by women in the Sudan are explored. Because Sudanese women lag behind their menfolk in school attainments, they are grossly underrepresented in the 'formal' or 'modern' sector. Attention is further paid to the interrelationships between the status of women and demographic factors, and to the extent of female circumcision. Notes, ref.