Some Aspects of the Status of Women among the Konso of Southern Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


The main obJec l eo his paper IS 0 presen he e hnogr ph onso omen nd documen heir ac I lies and s a us base on he dl eren ca egonc I dl ISlon omen as farmer women, craf - omen and as Ives 0 he spin u I leader Research me hods used 0 conduc his s u Include e In orman me ho , ocus group discussion, participan observa lon, case s udles and, In a Ilml ed scale, survey method. Even if I encountered some limitat ions with regard 0 time, I ried my bes 0 look in to the life and status of Konso women in their different roles and interaction in he society. Findings from the study indicate that the konso women are very hard working and their contribution to their family and the society are immense. There is no work as such that the women in Konso do not involve in, except few. But, however hard working the Konso women are, due to social, cultural and less regard to women's domestic labor contribution and income earning activities like marketing , they are holding a secondary status and subordinated position to men. This study even if it is not a complete account of the Konso women, will give some insight about the status and condition of Konso women. It also gives some insight about konso society and can serve as a background for those who want to study the Konso women. Moreover, it may also serve policy makers and development agen s to use it 0 improve the social, cultural and economic conditions of Konso women in particular, and the Konso people in general.



The Konso of Southern Ethiopia