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Gender stereotyping in church and community : a Nigerian feminine perspective

dc.contributor.advisorAugust, K.Th.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorOnwunta, Ijeoma Estheren_ZA
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Theology. Dept. of Practical Theology and Missiology.
dc.date.accessioned2009-02-17T11:54:58Zen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-01T08:16:33Z
dc.date.available2009-02-17T11:54:58Zen_ZA
dc.date.available2010-06-01T08:16:33Z
dc.date.issued2009-03en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1254
dc.descriptionThesis (DTh (Practical Theology and Missiology))--University of Stellenbosch, 2009.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractIn the Nigerian church and society negative gender stereotyping is pronounced in every aspect of human activities. The basic premise of this study therefore is that the Nigerian church and society need to deal with these negative gender stereotypes which breed gender insensitivity and injustice. Those cultural, political and economic structures, those proverbs and myths that have hitherto hindered women from attaining their full potential have to give way to a new mind-set and a change in attitude in both men and women in order to bring the much needed transformation and gender partnership in Nigeria. The study in surveying the landscape highlights some important issues that women have to struggle with. Among other things, the low female literacy rate is one of the greatest hindrances women have today. This is due to the institutionalised structures and culturally created lenses that make some people still perceive men as more superior than women and therefore regard the education of women as a waste of resources. Although men are always perceived to be the better and more superior specie, this study does not advocate for gender bending. What is important is people being who God has made them to be and working with others as partners for a better human society. Women’s involvement in development is based on the theological premise that true development must have a holistic approach which more than building infrastructures, deals with the development of humans. A holistic approach to development implies a transformational development that is different from the status quo which is overshadowed by men’s voices and experiences. Women’s voices, experiences and potentials have to play a major role in this approach. The need to listen to women was further stressed by Powers (2003: viii) when he said: Unless we listen, any action we may take in this area, no matter how well intentioned, is likely to bypass the real concerns of women and to confirm female condescension and reinforce male dominance. Listening, in a spirit of partnership and equality, is the most practical response we can make and is the foundation for our mutual partnership to reform unjust structures.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
dc.subjectGender stereotypingen_ZA
dc.subjectDissertations -- Practical theology and missiologyen
dc.subjectTheses -- Practical theology and missiologyen
dc.subject.lcshWomen -- Religious aspectsen_ZA
dc.subject.lcshFeminism -- Religious aspects -- Christianityen_ZA
dc.titleGender stereotyping in church and community : a Nigerian feminine perspectiveen_ZA
dc.typeThesisen_ZA
dc.rights.holderUniversity of Stellenbosch


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