Why Women Emancipation is Suffering Stunted Growth

Much has been written about the struggles of African men in the liberation but emphasis on the struggle of African women has not been documented as much. Just like everyday life in society, case women have always played a major role in building a strong community. It is such roles and many more that ha seen women become great asset in the struggle for Africa’s liberation throughout the 20th Century.

A number of African women continue to struggle for the freedom they participated in to bringing on this great continent AFRICA. However, this the worst part of their struggle has been converted to ideologies that only benefit the imperialists within and outside Africa.

Philosophies like feminism have been used to turn colonized women against their colonized male counterparts. This ends up fuelling political, medicine social and economic turmoil across the continent and further slowdown the original goals of getting women to enjoy the fruits of true freedom that was fought for by their fore parents.



Despite the increasing percentage in the number of girls enrolling in schools around Africa, owning property such as land has not yet become a culturally acceptable occurrence in many parts of the continent. You will still find a lot of educated women being held captive in the chains of old cultural practices that dictate only the man should own all physical property and the woman; despite her level of education will always remain a caretaker of the same property.

The sufferings of these women are enormous especially when they loss their husbands or through separation and they are forced to fend for their children with little or no capital.

In northern Uganda this has been worst toppled with the high number of homeless kids born in captivity and during the 2 decade war in northern Uganda. A group of women under their umbrella organisation, women dvocacy network, majority of whom young former child soldiers and wives to LRA top commanders are championing a call for better quality of life for all the women war servivors and their children.

Their unity and commitment bore results as on, 9 April 2014, marked a special and historic day for the war-affected in northern Uganda as Parliament of Uganda unanimously adopted their resolution calling for a series of measures that will support victims and communities affected by the conflict. This landmark Parliamentary resolution marks the beginning of healing and the restoration of dignity for many victims and survivors who have waited years for steps to be taken to address their needs.

In west Africa, organizations like Agile International have come up with initiatives to empower African women with projects such as the current land investments in West Africa. When these women in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast and other west African nations are given the opportunity to take charge of their own destinies by owning land, they will be able to educate their young girls not to only stabilize their future but to also avoid the increasing issues of early pregnancy, teenage pregnancies while also countering on the problems of sexually transmitted infections. Owning land will enable these women to practice sustainable farming, hence increasing the food supply and ultimately increase their income.


Several Africa countries are grappling with policies that can empower women, encourage and support these struggle but its impact is still minimal. For example in Kenya, the constitution that was promulgated in 2010 encapsulated the compulsory election of women representatives from the 47 counties to sit in the National Assembly. This move, though viewed as controversial by some men was received well by not only Kenyans but the continent as a whole.

With countries like Malawi and Liberia being led by women, in this case Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda and Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sir leaf respectively has helps to bridge the between the men and women. The women are hopeful that all countries will embrace the women as lead actors in the development of the nation and not just awagon of followers.

The Ugandan president himself has been quoted as saying that involving women is not only a question of social justice but a question of good economics yet several studies conducted in various sub-Saharan countries have identified the missed potential for increasing growth by not addressing gender issues.

International Policies

International policies from international organizations have continued to foster women empowerment in Africa. This has mainly been channeled through funding of Non-Governmental Organizations that draw policies to empower the African children and the women. For instannce UNFPA and Action Aid Uganda are championing a move to bring an end to gender based violence and promotion of reproductive health rights, a move the duo believe will help solve several family issues related to land sale, poverty and illeteracy. To push for these fevourable policies further, a team of 50 media practioners from the the whole of Northern Uganda were given a comprehensive training in amplifying issues related to gender based violence and reproductive health rights of all vulnerable women and servivours, at Alpha Hotel in Lira.

Hoever, the challenge remains large with the recurring big number of teenage pregnancies leading to school dropout mared by cultural practices such as early marriage and female genital mutilation.

Two sad issues worked against the liberation struggle for African women in Africa, African leaders who shy away from empowering women and the world community. It took some parts of the world centuries to empower their women before enticing other continents like Africa to follow suite. Besides, the diverse cultural practices across the continent constitute another impediment. These practices are slowly being phased out or merged with modern practices to ensure that girls for example, go to school and enjoy equal rights with boys with the liberation struggle still on.

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