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Title:The Centrality of Women in the Moral Teachings in African Society
Author:Suda, Collette A.ISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Volume:5
Issue:2
Pages:71-83
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:values
women
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
External link:https://njas.fi/njas/article/view/667/490
Abstract:This paper examines the contribution of women to the moral health and uprightness of African society. It begins with a discussion of the role of women as moral teachers in African families and underscores the centrality of women in the moral upbringing of children. Next it discusses the role of women in religion and takes up the twin issues of the position of women in African Christian churches and their contribution to community worship life. The author outlines some of the subtle and explicit ways in which the dominant male ideology has consistently used female sexuality to reinforce female subordination and devalue women's moral role in African society. The last part of the paper deals with the issues of moral delocalization, social change and modernization in Africa, and how these processes have redefined the role of women and the overall moral character of African societies. Bibliogr., sum.
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