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Recovering Igbo Traditions: A Case for Indigenous Women's Organizations in Development

Nkiru Nzegwu

in Women, Culture, and Development

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198289647
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596698 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198289642.003.0021

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Recovering Igbo Traditions: A Case for Indigenous Women's Organizations in Development

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Nzegwu examines the status of women in Igbo political structure to determine the reasons for the apathy of modern Igbo women to political activity. Nzegwu then describes the internal structure of one such organization and explores how the utilization of literacy as the criterion of cultural adulthood leads to designing ineffectual programmes for women. Finally, Nzegwu investigates the history of development in Nigeria and discusses the positive contributions that indigenous women's organizations can bring to development.

Keywords: community; development; Igbo; Nigeria; postcolonialism; women's organizations

Chapter.  10249 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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