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Title:Women's networks: an exploration into their use for empowerment and social change
Author:Baltzersen, A.
Periodical:The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:social networks
Abstract:Focus is on women's formal and informal networks. On the basis of a literature review of cross-cultural studies on women and her own field experience with networking among African women university students while an exchange student at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the author explores the following question: if women do define their networks (the participants, the functions and the goals), do they also use those networks in a strategy to effect change in their lives and the larger society? Or, does the environment (the society) which defines women through its policies and ideology serve to limit how women will define themselves and their networks so that networks merely serve to maintain the status quo? A table on p. 56 details the formal networks chosen for study, including information on leadership, function, activities, dues and recruitment. Notes, ref.