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Northern Illinois University. (2011)

The voices of women who participate in one grassroots organization in Mali : The case of women of Lassa in Yiriwaton

Konate, Maimouna.

Titre : The voices of women who participate in one grassroots organization in Mali : The case of women of Lassa in Yiriwaton

Auteur : Konate, Maimouna.

Université de soutenance  : Northern Illinois University.

Grade : Doctor of Education 2011

Résumé
This study examined the perspectives, experiences, and leadership of rural women from Lassa who were members of one grassroots organization, Yiriwaton. Further, the study sought to understand the impact this organization had on this group of women in terms of their empowerment and transformation. A case study methodology was used to explore and analyze the experiences of these women who participated in this grassroots organization. Document analysis, community dialogue, and in-depth interview technique were used to elicit the data. The voices of 50 women in the community dialogue and eight women in individual interviews provided a wealth of information about the experiences of these women, the reasons that motivated them to join their organization, the impact of the organization on their lives, and their perspectives of empowerment and transformation.

The findings revealed that these women have a wide variety of experiences that are rooted in socio-cultural, economic, and political experiences. The women reported childhood experiences affected by gender roles, lack of formal education, and poverty as factors that motivated them to join their organization. As a result, the participants experienced some type of empowerment and transformation. Consciousness-raising was a key factor that forged empowerment and transformation, which led to improving family living conditions, support of children’s education, participation in community affairs, and leadership development.

This study is important because it provides a better understanding of the women’s ability to improve their lives and develop their community despite the socio-cultural contexts of the country. Given the position of African women as seen through the eyes of the West, it is important that adult educators interested in cross-cultural research understand the need to see the problem under investigation not only through their own lived experiences but also through the lived experiences of women living in societies where Islam is a dominant cultural and religious force and where tradition is embedded.

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