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Title:Gender and Family Life in Angola: Some Aspects of the Post-War Conflict Concerning Displaced Persons
Author:Nzatuzola, Joao B.L.
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Angola
Southern Africa
Subjects:displaced persons
gender relations
gender roles
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Sex Roles
Internally displaced persons
women refugees
Women and war
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/afrisocirevi.9.2.106
Abstract:Angola has been faced with a continuously growing population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) resulting from three decades of armed conflict. Women are the main victims. Under the pressures of displacement, urbanization and the struggle for survival, traditional gender relations within the family appear to be changing, with women achieving greater economic independence relative to their male partners, but also working longer hours to combine income-earning activities outside the home with traditional home-keeping responsibilities. Based on data from a survey on reproductive health and family life carried out among IDPs in 1999 and 2000, this paper first examines rural family life (all respondents were agricultural workers), including economic and affective relations, before dislocation from home, as well as the process of displacement in search of secure living arrangements. Next it pays attention to vulnerabilities of women - and children - in IDP camps in terms of morbidity and mortality; economic, affective and psychological break-up; new survival strategies and family conflicts; and women's reproductive health and rights, including sexual violence and prostitution. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]