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|Title: ||CULTURAL PRACTICES THAT AFFECTED THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN BENISHANGUL GUMUZ MANDURA WOREDA|
|Authors: ||KALKIDAN, BEKELE|
|Advisors: ||Dr. Elaine P. Rocha|
|Copyright: ||Jul-2007 |
|Date Added: ||22-May-2012 |
|Abstract: ||This paper has the objective to assess the major cultural practices that
affected the status of women in a society.
The research was conducted in one of the traditional societies in which
gender inequality is highly prevalent, that is the Gumuz community in
Benishangul Gumuz Regional State of Mundura Woreda. Both primary
and secondary data were employed in this study. Qualitative method of
in-depth interview, participant observation, semi-structured and
unstructured interviews and focused group discussion were utilized for
primary data gathering.
Four kebeles’ from the Woreda were selected purposively and a total of
57 respondents participated in this study. Men and women farmers,
young girls, community elders, midwives, policeman, nurse and nun
Findings of the study show that there are various cultural practices in
Gumuz community that undermine the position of women in the society.
Unfair sexual division of labor, lack of women’s right to inherit property,
various marriage practices, menstruation taboo, segregation of women
during child delivery, food discrimination, son preference at birth,
demanding greater number of children, domestic violence and sexual
violence are the major cultural practices that put women at a lower
status in Gumuz community. Furthermore, lack of awareness about the
importance of family planning and girls' education is also another factor
that puts women in a subordinate position.
|Appears in:||Thesis-Gender studies|
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