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Title:Integration of indigenous knowledge and skills for the development of rural women in KwaZulu-Natal
Author:Shange, Jean
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:rural women
indigenous knowledge
community participation
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC156189
Abstract:The participation of rural women in development opportunities continues to be a challenge facing many rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal. Recent writings on indigenous knowledge systems question the value of framing development planning in terms of the traditional knowledge and skills of indigenous people. Such thinking has brought about the notion of using indigenous knowledge as a significant resource, which could contribute to the increased participation of indigenous communities in the development process. While this article supports the integration of indigenous knowledge and skills for development, it proposes that a deeper understanding of indigenous culture and history of indigenous people is an integral component, which could aid effective development. Specifically, this article suggests that an in-depth understanding and integration of culture, gender and HIV/AIDS issues is important for the empowerment of rural women in development efforts. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]