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Warriors and Rulers: the roles of African women in African society

Posted by cultureafrico on February 28, 2011

In a chance conversation with a visitor from Asia, I was surprised to uncover the view that Africa was a continent plagued by misogyny. Even people from a far flung corner of the globe, who had little exposure to Africa and Africans, had somehow acquired the idea that African men were sexist and violent, and that the lives of African women were disproportionately marred by sexual violence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Warriors: African women in African society

Posted by cultureafrico on February 28, 2011

Western media coverage on African women usually centers around issues of oppression such as female circumcision in East Africa, “Islamic” extremism in West Africa, or rape in South Africa. While the world should not dismiss these issues, what we are seeing is a lopsided image of African women’s lives. Africa is home to many cultures, and the place of women varies in different African societies. Unfortunately, a large number of non-Africans perceive the whole of Africa as a single cultural entity, and cannot imagine that two different African cultures can have value systems that are diametrically opposite to each other.What follows is a non-comprehensive list of African women warriors. It is our hope that these portraits will show a side of Africa not often seen by the rest of the world – the historic reality of strong women who forged their own destinies.

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