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University of Manitoba (1994)

Decision-making by rural women in Botswana

Janzen, Arlene Claudette

Titre : Decision-making by rural women in Botswana

Auteur : Janzen, Arlene Claudette

Etablissement de soutenance : University of Manitoba

Grade : Master of Arts (MA) 1994

This thesis describes the various roles played by women in rural southeastern Botswana and the accompanied level of decision-making. The thesis analyses rural women along three main types of household categories : (1) households where there is no adult male present which includes households where women are divorcees and widows ; (2) households where the male partner is a migrant worker ; and (3) households in which the male partner is present. For discussion of life cycle stages within these household categories, there are three age brackets : (1) 23-44 years ; (2) 45-59 years and (3) 60 years and older. The thesis analyses women’s ranking of activities based on presence or absence of children under the age of six and presence or absence of a male partner. As a household’s composition changes different decisions are made. This thesis examines who makes the decisions regarding children’s attendance at school, clearing and ploughing land, animal husbandry, and migrant remittances. The thesis also examines the various sources of income for households and general level of household wealth. One conclusion is the need for educating both genders which would provide the opportunity to not only make more decisions but more effective decisions.

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