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Title:National Rebirth and the rights of women: an overview
Author:Akintunde, DorcasISNI
Year:2001
Periodical:Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies
Volume:33
Issue:1-2
Pages:60-76
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:social inequality
women
Abstract:In Nigeria, as in most other African countries, women are being held back, constrained to certain roles by the philosophies propounded by the dominant religions and traditions. In her discussion of the position of women in Nigeria, the author cites the Yoruba word 'alawoku' which literally means one whose tutelage never ends. This despite the fact that women make a huge contribution to the economy. They are heavily engaged in trade and agriculture, in urban areas supplying up to 60 per cent of food and fibres required. Their treatment is improving slightly but the disadvantages they face are still tremendous. In theory, in Nigeria, there is equality of the sexes, but the practice varies widely from the theory. The author feels that women are still very seriously disadvantaged in relation to their reproductive health, being largely impotent in the choice of whether to use birth control and the refusal of conjugal rights. They are still frequently the victims of rape. It is estimated that 81 per cent of married Nigerian women are physically abused. The position of widows is also still incredibly difficult as they are virtually reduced to the status of non-persons. Although she admits efforts are being made to improve the lot of women, many more are needed and in this the church should play an active role. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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