A SOCIO-RELIGIOUS ANALYSIS OF THE LIMITATIONS OF WOMEN IN IGBOLAND

Author: Ezedike Ifeoma Juliet
Department: Religion and Human Relations
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

Women’s subordination and marginalization from the standpoint of culture tends to limit their involvement in public life and therefore it is conceived as a threat to their self actualization worthy of investigation. The study is a socio-religious analysis of the limitations women still face in Igboland. The methods used for the collection of both secondary and primary data for the study was the mixed method approach which comprises of sociological, historical and social inquiry. Data collected and analyzed in the study revealed that certain social and religious practices in areas like Asaba, Awka, Enugu, Onitsha, and Owerri tend to subordinate women. It was revealed that, inspite of the efforts so far made by individual women, women activists, women in the professions, non-governmental organizations etc towards gender equality, women emancipation and empowerment women are still discriminated against in the area under study. It was also revealed that, certain acts and statements made from the standpoint of culture tend to limit women’s active participation in public affairs. It was revealed that some women often times shy away by accepting such limits not to be ostracized. Based on the findings, the study recommended attitudinal change by the custodians of Igbo culture, practitioners of mainstream religion and women themselves in the collective efforts to fight against all forms of limitations of women in the 21st century.

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