Feminism, Culture and Development in Africa
The purpose of this paper is to interrogate culture as one of the elements or
backbones in our social fabric that are used to create obstacles against women‟s
participation in the development of our continent. It is important to emphasize from
the onset that culture per se is not the culprit here; culture and the aspects that go
with it are misused to discriminate against women and to institute other forms of
oppression on women. For instance, in many African societies women are culturally
assumed to be companions for men, who always have to take the second position.
As they proverb goes, “the man is the head, the woman is the neck”.
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