Study on Gender Inequality Vis-À-Vis Culture and the Role of Women in Socio-economic Development

Gender disparity is a common characteristic of social interactions in most communities, and it is linked to poverty, crime, the labour market, health, housing, and education. Gender inequality is inextricably related to information construction and distribution, and it plays a role in structuring existence and reproduction ties. Women’s social subordination is created and reproduced by educational institutions, which are critical socialising mechanisms. During colonial times, farm labour in Zimbabwe was made up of the local population, including women and children. For the purposes of this study, we observe that (black) women were forced into farm labour roles early in the colonial formation. The aim of this study was to look into the social and cultural factors that influence women’s participation in economic development in Zimbabwe, in order to find solutions and a path forward that will help to improve women’s participation in the country’s economic development. The study used a qualitative approach and a descriptive research design, with the study’s population consisting of Small to Medium Scale Entrepreneurs (SME’s). The sample size was 20, and the informants were chosen using a purposive sampling method, with data analysis done using interpretive content analysis. According to the findings, the lack of funding for SMEs has a greater effect on women than on men, and thus has a negative impact on their position in socioeconomic growth.

Author (s) Details

Tarusikirwa, Moffat Chitapa
Department of Teacher Development, Faculty of Arts and Education, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe.

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