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Title: Library Collections in Women’s Development Centers in Africa:The Case of Nigeria
Authors: Asamoah–Hassan, Helena R.
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: Highsmith Press
Abstract: Introduction: In recent times worldwide focus has been placed on the development of women. This has come about because the world realizes that women’s contributions to national development—which hitherto had been erroneously termed “no contribution”—really count in computing the gross national product. if accuracy of such a computation is the ultimate goal. In Africa most women have always been the recipients of all the negatives of development: poverty, illiteracy, serving as beasts of burden, social maltreatment. Moreover, their fertility has weakened them, making them dependent on men. This situation was nonexistent before the advent of colonialism. Pre-colonial African women were involved in governance. But the colonialists’ policies set African women back politically, economically, and culturally. African women have had an arduous task since then, because African men enjoy women’s subservient position. Since the launching of the United Nations Decade for Women in 1975 and the international body’s directive to countries to put into place measures for the advancement of women, however, there have been some appreciable efforts to develop women in Africa. Today women are in the majority in the agricultural sector and, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, constitute 85 percent of the labor force but only a negligible percentage (6 percent in Ghana) in decision-making and policymaking at all levels of government. Thus there is urgent need for a remarkable improvement in the status of women.
Description: Proceedings of a conference sponsored by the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and Held at Radcliffe College 17-20 June 1994
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3687
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