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Title:Gender & rurality
Editors:Moletsane, RelebohileISNI
Ntombela, SithabileISNI
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity (ISSN 1013-0950)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:gender inequality
gender roles
rural areas
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ragn20/24/84
Abstract:There is arguably a strong link between poverty and the lived experiences of women and girls in South Africa, particularly those in rural areas. This is exacerbated by gender inequalities and the social status of women in these communities, which prescribe how individuals and groups negotiate their daily interactions. As the contributions in this issue of 'Agenda' illustrate, boys and girls growing up and men and women living in rural settings in South Africa are socialized to fulfill different social roles and to live in accordance with gendered expectations, norms and values. It is within rural households that the cultural constructions of gender take place, entrenching the subordinate position of women and girls in these contexts. Although they fulfill critical socioeconomic roles, women remain poorer, invisible, and voiceless, and are excluded from decisionmaking processes. The contributions in this issue present findings and raise debate around rurality and gender. From reviews of the linkages among poverty, unemployment and HIV infection rates, to comparing poverty rates among women and men, and gender discrimination in the distribution of resources, they analyse the rural condition in general and the lived experiences of women and girls in rural contexts. A second group of contributions looks at government and NGO interventions and the reasons for their failure. Contributors: Relebohile Moletsane, Sithabile Ntombela, Deevia Bhana, Nompumelelo Zondi, Vasu Reddy, Crystal Munthree, Lisa Wiebesiek, Kammila Naidoo, Daniela Casale, Dorrit Posel, Jean Stuart, Mogau Aphane, Robert Dzivakwi, Peter Jacobs, Tim Hart, Michael Aliber, Nompumelelo Thabethe, Sibonsile Mathe, and Devina N. Perumal. [ASC Leiden abstract]