The effect of women's role on health : the paradox.
Most societies in Africa are patriarchal in nature.
Traditional Africa has allocated the role of nurturing, and ensuring the health of the family and the community as a whole to women.
From the age of six, girls begin to work with their mothers, cleaning, sweeping, nursing and caring for the younger children, the aged and the sick.
Therefore, the female child is customarily socialized as the custodian of family health.
Because women are traditionally responsible for health in African countries and their status in society is low, the status of the health sector has received less attention than other sectors.
The paradox of entrusting the woman with the responsibility of health and at the same time denying her the opportunities to influence policies remains a major obstacle.
Factors that influence women's health in Africa most commonly include poverty, poor education and poor nutrition.
Access to education for African women is a major problem.
The impact of a poorly educated mother is passed on to the daughter.
In some parts of Africa, female circumcision contributes to the high school dropout rates.
Once the girls are withdrawn from school to participate in the ceremonies, they do not return to school.
They are encouraged and socialized towards marriage. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Avortement provoqué, Santé, Mortalité, Rôle social, Reproduction sexuée, Organisation santé, Etude socioéconomique, Homme, Femelle, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Induced abortion, Health, Mortality, Social role, Sexual reproduction, Public health organization, Socioeconomic study, Human, Female, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0428755
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 19/12/1997.