A geographical investigation into women empowerment within the Makhuduthamaga local municipality, Limpopo, South Africa
Author(s)Mashaba, Mahwahwatse Johanna
Quality of life
Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)
Women -- South Africa -- Limpopo -- Social conditions
Women in development -- South Africa -- Limpopo
Rural development projects -- South Africa -- Limpopo -- Citizen participation
Participatory rural appraisal -- South Africa -- Limpopo
Self-help groups -- South Africa -- Limpopo
Poor women -- South Africa -- Limpopo
Women's rights -- South Africa -- Limpopo
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AbstractThere is a noticeable improvement in the quality of the lives of women engaged in economic activities beyond the home. In a democratic South Africa, women – including those in rural areas – are being freed from their fixed gender roles.
Today women are regarded as co-participants in any undertaking, whether as organisers, natural environmentalists or economists, in order to achieve sustainable development. It is for this reason that a number of laws and statutory bodies are in place to speed up the empowerment of women. Consequently, women as individuals or groups are doing their best to respond to the call of democracy in order to balance the equation which has for long remained skewed.
In the study area of the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, women have initiated projects through mobilisation of their capabilities and available resources to sustain their personal needs, and those of their households. Hence, their well-being with regard to health, nutrition, mobility and social connectivity has improved. There is no doubt that these women are primary breadwinners for their families on a daily basis, as the majority have no other source of income or their husbands’ jobs are taken by migrant labour. The research reveals that, unless women stand up and take action to disprove what is known as ‘feminisation of poverty’, nothing good can happen.
Through Participatory Rural Appraisal and Community Asset Mapping techniques, an observation of ethical considerations, participants responded willingly and exposed the realities of their lives.
One remaining challenge that needs to be constantly monitored is that there should be a balance between policies and practices with men needing to be empowered to understand, accept and assist in the empowerment of women with a view to achieving sustainability in almost every undertaking.
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Mashaba, Mahwahwatse Johanna (2014) A geographical investigation into women empowerment within the Makhuduthamaga local municipality, Limpopo, South Africa, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/13616>
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