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Title:Ebutumwa Bw'Emiogo: The Tyranny of Cassava: A Women's Tax Revolt in Eastern Zaire
Author:Newbury, M. Catharine
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
market women
Women's Issues
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/484988
Abstract:On 28 April 1982 more than a hundred women converged on the administrative offices of Buloho Collectivity. Their demonstration was peaceful. But the women were angry, united in opposition to taxes being levied on the cassava and peanuts they transport to sell at market. They wished to present their grievances to the Chief of the Collectivity. If he refused to abolish the taxes, they planned to appeal to outside authorities. This article explores the conditions which fostered this emergent political consciousness among women in Buloho. It was their participation outside the domestic sphere which made the women vulnerable not only to market prices but also to political exactions. While focusing on a particular local case, this analysis also raises issues of broader contemporary interest. These include the circumstances which may encourage collective solidarity among rural women in Africa, enabling them to engage in political confrontation with men, and the constraints to such action in the political context of Zaire's Second Republic. Notes.