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Title:Understanding gender and sustainable development
Authors:Modo, Innocent
Ogbu, SolomonISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:Lesotho Social Sciences Review (ISSN 1028-0790)
Volume:4
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:37-48
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Lesotho
Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:gender relations
feminism
Development and Technology
agriculture
Equality and Liberation
economics
Sex Roles
gender
gender discrimination
economic development
sustainable development
Women's role
Abstract:In Africa, the process of women's empowerment may take a fairly long time since gender inequities are rooted in the culture. Only a gradual but sustained process of social reorientation and adjustment will ultimately eliminate the social stigma of gender differentials from the people's culture. This article examines the effects of gender inequities on development. The marginalization of women in customary law, the restrictions on women from participating actively in social development, and their limited involvement in the economy, all contribute to the fact that women bear an unequal share of the burden of poverty. The conclusion is that women should strive to get out of the bondage of male exploitation and domination, amongst others, by taking education seriously. However, this must not be viewed as a licence to show disrespect for their husbands. Bibliogr., sum.
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