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Title:Women in African traditional politics
Author:Agorsah, Kofi E.
Year:1990
Periodical:Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law
Issue:30-31
Pages:77-86
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:women
politics
history
Abstract:In most African countries women were traditionally considered to have certain biological and emotional differences which rendered them less suitable for certain activities such as politics. Using archaeological, historical and cultural evidence, this article examines some traditional African political systems that provided specific political roles for women, and analyses the significance of these traditions for African politics today. Examples from Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria are used to illustrate the significance of some of the roles played by women in African politics. These examples show that the qualities required of female leaders were the same as those required of male leaders. Bibliogr., note.
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