Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Contributors To Women's Poverty In Africa - By Cantwell Jones

Inequality is a major challenge to development in Africa. It takes many different forms, including income inequality, unequal access to and control over property and resources, unequal access to civil and political rights, and unequal access to social, cultural, and economic rights.

In most African societies, women and girls spend important parts of their day on time consuming responsibilities which overburden them with work in the household.

Women and young girls are responsible for collecting water and firewood, cooking, cleaning, taking care of the children and the sick, producing food, and marketing. All these tasks are considered to be low-status activities. Women who spend all their time performing these tasks are often considered to not be working. Much of the women’s work remains unrecognized and undervalued.

When it comes to property, the boys in a family are considered the heirs of the property of their father. When the girls are married, they move on to their husband's family's home. Therefore, the women are considered second class citizens.  Many women are content to be provided for, which most often leads to poverty.

These pictures will show you the amount of work the women in Marungu village in Uvira ,South Kivu, DR Cong, do as the men wait at home.

Fetching water from a far away distance.

Long and strenuous hours in preparing food.

Community builders, in partnership with MIFA, a local ENP partner, have a one year plan to support these ladies to be self-sustainable. This month, some have received goats and some have received hoes and seeds for planting. In the coming months, there will be PiF projects such as pharmacy kiosks, which will be planted in various location in Marungu village in Uvira, DRC. 

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