The Cultural Abuse of Southern African Women: A Work in Progress Tori Lee, Department of Rehabilitation , Social Work and Addictions, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and Honors College Faculty Mentor: Ami R. Moore, Ph.D . Department of Sociology,
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Tori Lee, Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions,
College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and Honors College
Faculty Mentor: Ami R. Moore, Ph.D. Department of Sociology,
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
Why does this matter?
Why Has This Problem Been Ignored?
This study examines some of the cultural practices in Southern Africa that may lead to intentional and/or unintentional abuses of African women. First, it looks at the richness of African cultures and examines the conditions under which women may be abused. We also highlight why it is important for people to know about issues of cultural abuse. In addition, we explain why these issues of abuse are not healthy for women and why it is important that the conditions be changed. By examining the factors that lead to cultural abuses and at times to exiles of women, positive policies may be enacted to better the lives of African women.
In developing countries, women tend to suffer because of the standards society has forced upon them. After seeing the beauty of their customs and cultures one may wonder why abuse and mistreatment are acceptable standards in some parts of Africa.
My research questions are:
--why are women constantly abused and overlooked?
--why, in a world that has progressed so rapidly, do people seem not to see the abuses of women ?
--why are solutions not being offered?
These questions are important to entertain because morally in order to have a better world, something must be done to improve lives of all people on earth.
A Defining Moment…
What is Abuse?
“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”
"Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life." Octavio Paz
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Highlights From Literature Review
Wendy K. Wilkins, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic AffairsGloria C. Cox, Ph.D., Dean, Honors CollegeAndrea Kirk, Ph.D., Honors College
Ami Moore, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, College of Public Affairs and Community Service