The Influence of Culture in Shaping the Lives of Basotho Women: Patriarchy in Perspective

By Tumelo Monyane.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Women's life stories are centred on a series of constructions providing a general overview about who they are. They also provide clear perspectives about how cultural and patriarchal values and norms influence their choices and decisions in the way they live. In Lesotho, most women are still victims of culture and patriarchy. These two components are reinforced by their family backgrounds and their social environments. Consequently, women find themselves in a dilemma in terms of life strategies because they are pulled in different directions by contradictory issues and ideologies present in their lives. They are consciously forced to construct identities that match with their ways of living in their own specific social and cultural environments.

Keywords: Patriarchy, Culture, Women

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp.87-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 513.487KB).

Tumelo Monyane

Lecturer, Department of Historical Studies, National University of Lesotho, Maseru, Lesotho

I'm a lecturer at the National University of Lesotho. I have done my undergraduate degree at the National University of Lesotho and My Masters degree at the University of Cape Town where I majored in MPhil in African Studies with a Specialisation in Public Culture. I have also done a Post-Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies with the University of Cape Town. After completing my degree I taught as a teacher in one of the high schools in Lesotho and after completing my Masters degree I worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lesotho for a year (Jan 2005-Aug 2006). In August 2006 I was employed at the National University of Lesotho as a Lecturer until now. My Masters thesis was based on how Patriarchy and Culture has had an impact on the choices and decisions which are made by women in Lesotho.

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