Black History Culture : The Role and Place of Women in Sub-Saharan African Societies

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    http://www.globalaging.org/elderrights/world/2004/subsaharan.htm

    The Role and Place of Women in Sub-Saharan African Societies

    By Agnes Loteta Dimandja, Civil Metallurgist Engineer

    July 30, 2004

    Situation of African Women in Context of Crisis

    According to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and much literature published on developmental issues, the poorest person on earth lives somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa and is probably a woman. The purpose of this paper is to consider the role and the place of such a poor woman from her own perspective. In the Africa's current situation where basic human rights are violated, African women are indeed denied their dignity. My study, however, explores the implications of these negations with particular emphasis on how specific crises cause the role of the woman in Africa to be more complex than depicted in reports by experts in development and by statistics of economists and images of media propaganda.

    For many African women, reality is an ugly picture painted with images of impoverished kin and people living in lowly ranks. Beneath their tragedies and subsequent poverty are the roots of misfortune which exceed cultural boundaries. Weakened by a tumultuous history, African women came to be some of the first victims of an ongoing situation of violence. It is therefore, paramount to my approach to frame this topic in the context of historical violence. Women in these societies are crying for peace, a peace that exists as a necessary condition for development.

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    Peace!
    Isaiah
     
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