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Title:Subordinated by Culture: Constraints of Women in a Rural Yoruba Community, Nigeria
Author:Aderinto, Adeyinka A.
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Family Life
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.njas.fi/njas/article/view/582/412
Abstract:Women worldwide face discrimination and subordination in society. This subordination of women is even more pronounced in the developing countries of Asia and Africa. Specifically rural women are discriminated against in terms of employment opportunities, access to social and productive resources, education, health status and family decisions. This paper examines the constraints facing women in a rural Yoruba community. It is based on data collected through focus-group discussions, in-depth interviews and observation in Ajaara, a village located about 30 kilometres from Ibadan (Oyo State, Nigeria). Findings reveal that despite increasing awareness of the value of women's education, there is still a tacit preference for the education of the male child. Major decisions on the education of the children, the health care of the family, feeding etc., are still taken by the father as the head of the family. Other problems faced by Nigerian rural women are reflected in their small volume of economic activities, continuing widespread acceptance of female circumcision, lack of reproductive rights and the domineering position of men. The paper concludes by suggesting some intervention programmes including the mobilization of resources to prepare women for leadership roles, and awareness creation about the problems facing rural women in southwestern Nigeria. Bibliogr., sum.