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Role of women in the Igbo Society
Transcript of Role of women in the Igbo Society
Contribution to Household
Perspective of married women
Modern day Igbo Society
In a household, power was based on age and gender. This allowed Igbo women to have a say in many decisions in the household. Especially women who were older could influence both men and women. Ibo women are in charge of teaching Igbo culture to their children.
Like men in the Igbo community, women contribute a fair share amount of labor as well. Every housewife has their own poultry, they cook and clean, and they farm, trade and handcraft. Although men were the head of the household, older women also had control of the labor of younger family members.
Women were important in trading. They used trading to their benefit to acquire wealth and titles. Some titles could lead to major power and respect.
In the Igbo culture, a married woman is better respected than a non-married woman. Although men are the head of their household, it is uncommon for beatings and disrespect to their wives. An Ibo woman who marries receives social recognition once she has proved she is a respectable woman by bearing children. An unmarried Ibo woman is looked down upon even by other women.
Married Igbo women are allowed many more privileges than an unmarried woman would be. This could include being apart of a cultural groups, better jobs, and being recognized among the Igbo society.
The ability to bear children is respected in the Ibo society and further recognizes a woman. In a family, a women is in charge of raising the child and teaching them the tradition of their culture.
Women's rights in the Igbo society continue to grow and change. At one time, women were mistreated, although it was not to the extent as portrayed in literature.
Women now have more freedom. They are entitled to peruse their own careers such as nursing. Ibo women possess more power than in the past.