Polygamy, the practice of taking more than one wife at the same time, remains the lot of many african women, particularly those in muslim countries but the practice is under pressure mores are. Feminist discourse, that is, agitation for the emancipation of women from all forms of oppression, started well above hundred years ago along the line, there had been some level of inactivity and disconnect. Divorce and polygamy in tanzania rachel howland (no 2403) & ashley koenen (no 9441) abstract this article explores the unique legal issues surrounding polygamous marriage and divorce in mainland tanzania, and submits that the law of marriage act of 1971 (lma) should. The polygamy has existed in all over the african continent thanks to the fact that it represents an aspect of their culture and religion these types of marriages have been more present in the whole history of africa like no other continent in the world. Faith and polygamy: which religions permit plural marriage polygamy usually refers to a man taking multiple wives polyandry, where a woman takes more than one husband, is a much rarer practice.
Experiences of women in polygamy may lead to greater understanding of the impact of polygamy on hiv/aids and may help to decrease the prevalence of this disease perspectives on hiv/aids: american-based nigerian women. My husband’s wives: the positive perspective of africa’s polygamy the word ‘polygamy’ sends shivers down the spine of many in today’s world the practice has been shrouded in negativity and popular media has played a part in demonizing it. Only if we consider plurality will we be able to insert specificities in a broader perspective of women's suffrage, either to identify common, diverse trends or patterns in developments or to discover the entangled history of women's political emancipation.
The african charter on human and people’s rights (banjul charter) mainly differs from the other regional human rights instruments that preceded it (eg the european and american counterparts), in that it was highly inspired by african “traditions and values” (read culture) 14 african culture is normatively associated with women (as both. And around the world polygamy is a far more common phenomenon, especially in africa and asia for the most part though, it is condemned in the west as being sexist towards women. Several theories link polygamy to poverty polygamy is concentrated in west africa and has declined in recent decades geographic variation in women’s agricultural productivity does not predict differences in the prevalence of polygamy, but historical inequality and exposure to the slave trade do. Women in islamic societies: a selected review of social scientific literature a report prepared by the federal research division, library of congress.
Women do not like polygamy but cannot do anything about it divorce is the de facto right of men in the sudan, whatever the behaviour of the husband only one of the respondents tried to gain a divorce from her husband and she could not make the legal system work in her favour and so gave up. Rumi forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange. Traditional african approaches in the light of natural values, and of modern secular attitude if we are going to speak of traditional african concepts and customs regarding marriage and the family, a few clarifications are called for. The author calls the attention of the world to the plight of fellow women in a wwwiosrjournalsorg 22 | page so long a letter: understanding the missionary narrative of a polygamy victim polygamous set-up one of the evils of polygamy is the physical separation and the emotional agony the female spouses are usually subjected to throughout the.
Phl- 365-01 african philosophy and culture spring 2003 university of detroit mercy in perspectives on african philosophy, ed claude sumner and samuel “polygamy and the emancipation of women,” in safro kwame, ed, readings in african philosophy: an akan collection” u press of america,. These issues penetrate into the nigerian/african socio-cultural consciousness as they largely affect the public especially women in nigeria and africa as a whole. 56 africa journal of evangelical theology 14 2 1995 (technically known as polygyny) the term polyandry is used for marriage situation where a woman has more than one husband polygamy is widespread. Islam is criticized for allowing polygamy, for popular culture in the west views polygamy as relatively backward and impoverished for many christians, it is a license to promiscuity, and feminists consider it a violation of women’s rights and demeaning to women.
Oyewumi (1997:8), a leading african post-colonial feminist, in considering the meaning of gender in an african context, argues that, the ‘women question’ is a western one, and not a ‘proper lens for viewing african society. Results for 'polygamy' (try it on scholar) 52 found polygamy and the emancipation of women: an african perspective florence abena dolphyne - 1995 - in safro kwame and ultimately rhetorical perspective this approach to the bible was needed to deal with customs—for instance the patriarchs' polygamy —that had to be evaluated,.
Women in african literature anthonia c kalu although contemporary african literary criticism is a product of africa’s contact with the west, evaluation and analyses relevant to the african experience must be derived from methods intrinsic to african art traditions. Imagine a society in which the only wealth is cattle a village has 1000 men, 1000 women, and 1000 cows the grand rajah has 100 wives and 100 cows the lieutenant rajah has three wives and three cows some men have one wife and one cow most men have no wife or cow in this society, every woman has. (15) the result of this is that african intellectual feminism seems to condemn aspects of african culture such as polygamy, excision and forced or early marriages (16), an attitude that echoes the paternalistic attitude and tone of western women towards african women. An african perspective there are many strong cultural arguments in support of polygamy among african societies from the social, economical, cultural and traditional points of view.