Global Advanced Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (GARJAH)
December 2013 Vol. 2(6), pp. 103-110
Copyright © 2013 Global Advanced Research Journals

 

Review

Cultural adherence and the nexus between women empowerment and millennium development goals in Africa

Akinola Adeoye O. and Tella Oluwaseun

School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus, Scottsville 3209, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

*Corresponding Authors E-mail: oyeakinola@yahoo.com ; tellaoluwaseun@yahoo.com

Accepted 15 November, 2013

Abstract

African traditional values determine the roles of men and women in the society and by implication restrict women from family life and exempt them from public service and productive activities that engender development. Over the years, Africa has tried to facilitate economic growth but seems far from attaining the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG). A major impediment to sustainable development remains its reluctance to confront the menace of gender inequality and deterrents to women empowerment. The study utilizes liberal theory of gender to broaden the intellectual exposition on feminism and the attempt to strengthen women capacity as instrument of development in the region. In the light of this, the study examines a series of African cultures that incapacitate women attempts to accept responsibilities in public domain and professional endeavour in selected African countries. The study found that many African traditional values are antithetical to women empowerment, curtail their education and political participation, and constitute impediments to the region’s effort at achieving MDG.. The unproductive lifestyle of African women, attributed to cultural restraints, has worsened the plight of the already downwardly mobile masses. The study concludes by reiterating the urgent need for policy makers, national government and womenfolk to accept only those African values that conform to global drives for the realization of MDG and abolish those harmful to women’s participation in decision-making and developmental activities.

Keywords: Africa, culture, development, feminism, gender.

 

Related Articles


Original Research Articles
Bozkurt Gulek, Behice Durgun, Nazan Alparslan, Eren Erken, Huseyin Ozer, Tunay Sarpel
The linear and angular dimensions of the L4-L5 facet in healthy adults: Measurements on the axial and parasagittal-oblique mri planes
Global Adv. Res. J. Arts Humanit. March 2013 Vol: 2(3): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (449 KB)
Ngugi Nahashon Njoroge, Njagi Gabriel Matumo and Kimani E Maina
Factors influencing development of financial derivatives markets A survey of listed companies in Kenya
Global Adv. Res. J. Arts Humanit. May 2013 Vol: 2(5): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (130 KB)
Somaya S. Mohamed, Mohammed A. Hassan, Migdam E. Abdelgani
Effect of high temperature on rhizobia survival on different leguminous seeds inoculated with liquid formulations
Global Adv. Res. J. Arts Humanit. January 2020 Vol: 9(1): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (1,712 KB)
Ejindu Ejesi Chidiebere O, Nnodi Linda A, Otisi Blessing, and Ukpai Chima A
Factorial Design Approach to Investigation of the Effect of Blighia Sapida Extract on Weight Loss of Pickled Mild Steel
Global Adv. Res. J. Arts Humanit. July 2016 Vol: 5(3): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (222 KB)
Shehla Noreen, Atif Kamran and Asma Naeem
Foliar application of Zinc to improve growth, yield and grain content in rice (Oryza sativa L.)
Global Adv. Res. J. Arts Humanit. August 2019 Vol: 8(7): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (1,103 KB)
Abdelateif Hassan Ibrahim and Siegfried Bauer
Access to Micro credit and its Impact on Farm Profit among Rural Farmers in Dryland of Sudan.
Global Adv. Res. J. Arts Humanit. March 2013 Vol: 2(3): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (231 KB)

Current Issue

Viewing Options

View Full Article - PDF
Download Full Article - PDF

Search for Articles

Akinola Adeoye O on Google Scholar
Akinola Adeoye O on Pubmed
Tella Oluwaseun on Google Scholar
Tella Oluwaseun on Pubmed

Statistics

Viewed 3650
Printed 774
Downloaded 1921
Powered By iPortal Works