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Title: Feminism from an African and Matriarchal Culture Perspective
Other Titles: How Ancient Africa’s Gender Sensitive Laws and Institutions Can Inform Modern Africa and the World
Authors: CAMARA, Fatou Kiné
Keywords: Matriarchal
Queen mother
Issue Date: 1990
Abstract: What explains that in patriarchal societies it is the father who passes on his name to his child while in matriarchal societies the child bears the surname of his mother? The biological reality is the same in both cases: it is the woman who bears the child and gives birth to it. Thus the answer does not lie in biological differences but in cultural ones. So far in feminist literature the analysis relies on a patriarchal background. Not many attempts have been made to consider the way gender has been used in matriarchal societies. Maybe one of the reasons of this is that matriarchy in itself is viewed by many scholars as being a myth. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that not only matriarchal systems really did exist in Ancient and precolonial Africa but also that these societies used the deification of the mother figure as a way to promote women rights in particular and human rights in general.
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