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Title:Female slavery and gender division of roles in Africa: with focus on Cameroon
Author:Fomin, E.S.D.
Periodical:Annales de la Faculté des Arts, Lettres et Sciences Humaines
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:gender roles
gender division of labour
female slaves
Abstract:Female slavery and the gender division of roles are traditional African practices which have impacted negatively on both State formation and modern nation building on the continent. Though the two practices are related in the way they assigned roles to women in society, they are essentially different. The division of roles according to gender is an ancient practice by which tasks in most black African societies were assigned strictly according to gender. On the other hand, female slavery was the manifold exploitation of enslaved women by masters in Africa. The article focusses on Cameroon. It examines the gender division of roles, its manifestations, effects and ramifications in a historical perspective from traditional society, through the colonial to the contemporary era. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]