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Title:Changing Rwandan vision of women and land, in the heart of the house, at the outskirts of the world
Author:Lame, Danielle deISNI
Year:1999
Periodical:Afrika Focus
Volume:15
Issue:1-2
Pages:3-12
Language:English
Geographic term:Rwanda
Subjects:gender relations
women
External link:https://doi.org/10.21825/af.v15i1-2.5548
Abstract:This article outlines changing visions of women and gender roles in Rwanda. During the years 1976-1987, Rwanda experienced rapid economic growth, which was mainly the result of foreign aid. Although expectations for improvement were high, socioeconomic inequalities in fact increased. Some women seized new opportunities and built models of femininity rooted in a local, re-elaborated world view. Others incorporated new items, such as wage salaries, or new circumstances, such as life in the refugee camps, into traditional images of female roles. Others, yet, used new opportunities to protest against the constraints of the patriarchal order. Politics and religion seemed two fields in which a number of women could achieve positions of power. On the whole, however, gender roles seem to be seen as unchanged. The fact that a majority of households are now female-headed is not, in itself, a guarantee for the equality of women and men. The hope for change rests with efforts at providing women with structures giving them sufficient knowledge, efficacy and credit to organize themselves. Bibliogr.
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