Exploring socio-economic challenges faced by female headed households in rural districts: The case of Manama village, Matebeleland South Province in Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.advisor Thobejane, D. T.
dc.contributor.advisor Ndlovu, I
dc.contributor.author Nyathi, Abigail Nkazimulo
dc.date 2018
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-05T17:33:21Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-05T17:33:21Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1125
dc.description MGS
dc.description Institute of Gender and Youth Studies
dc.description.abstract In most developing countries, poverty is concentrated in female headed households especially in rural areas. Notably, these rural areas are fast becoming female spaces, as most men migrate to urban areas and neighbouring countries. The critical role of rural women in eradicating poverty through agricultural labour force, subsistence farming and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa, has been recognised by scholars yet they are the poorest and their contribution has not been fully acknowledged by the community or governments. To understand this phenomenon this study investigated the socio-economic challenges faced by female headed households, causes of high vulnerability and their coping strategies in Manama village, Matabeleland South province, Zimbabwe. This study was informed by feminist theoretical approaches of conducting research as it employed several qualitative research methods, namely key participant individual in-depth interviews; Focus group discussions; field participatory observation and documentary reviews to collect data. The findings of the study were that, due to the country’s economic situation, constrained mobility and lack of collateral security to secure credit, women have a double burden of responsibility with numerous challenges such as unequal wages in hired labourer work, inadequate food for the family, financial burdens. However they have their own coping strategies such as voluntary community networks. This study concludes by making recommendations, for gender mainstreaming in policy, agricultural extension services for Female headed households, creation of markets, counselling and psychosocial support. This research contends that although these women find themselves in a patriarchal frame they have decided to outgrow it and be autonomous as they fight the socio-economic challenges they face. They have numerous socio-economic challenges but the participants themselves are self-asserted. They are not stopped by patriarchy and are exemplary as they work hard and venture outside the domestic space to engage in honest work to take care of their households. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 119 leaves : color illustations, color maps)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Challenges en_US
dc.subject Female-headed households en_US
dc.subject Ferminisation of poverty en_US
dc.subject Strategies en_US
dc.subject Vulnerable en_US
dc.subject.ddc 362.8294096891
dc.subject.lcsh Woman heads of households -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Single-parents families -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Family -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Fatherless families -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Rural single parents -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Heads of households Zimbabwe
dc.title Exploring socio-economic challenges faced by female headed households in rural districts: The case of Manama village, Matebeleland South Province in Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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