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“In my Culture Women Should Listen to their Husbands"- Understanding the Gender Gap in Attitudes in South Africa
Very little research has been done in Sub-Saharan Africa to determine whether gender gaps exist in relation to participation, voting behaviour or attitudes toward women's representation in government, culture and gender equality. While data from the Afrobarometer (a survey database) have been used to determine gender gaps in participation little has been written on other types of gender gaps. I will discuss the results of a survey done by Citizen Surveys of a random stratified sample of 1300 South Africans, regarding attitudes toward gender equality, culture and tradition. This can be considered the first baseline study of gender attitudes in South Africa because it goes much wider than the type of data gathered by the World Value Survey and the Afrobarometer. The survey also includes data on attitudes toward gender based violence, homophobia, trust in government, women's representation in government and voting behaviour which forms part of the larger research project.
About the Presenter
Amanda Gouws is Professor of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in the USA. Her specialization is South African Politics and Gender Politics. Her research focuses on women and citizenship, the National Gender Machinery and women's representation and she has published widely in these areas. She is the editor of (Un)Thinking Citizenship: Feminist Debates in Contemporary South Africa. (UK: Ashgate and Cape Town: Juta, 2005). In 2007 she was the Edith Keeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern University, USA. In 2011 she was selected as a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Centre in Bellagio, Italy, where she was working on a book on the Women's Movement in South Africa. In 2012 she received the Wilma Rule Award for the best paper at the International Political Science Association Conference in Madrid, Spain, in the category Gender and Politics with the title “Multiculturalism in South Africa: Dislodging the Binary between Universal Human Rights and Culture/Tradition". Her edited book with Daiva Stasiulis Gender and Multiculturalism:North/South Perspectives appeared with Routledge Press in 2014. She was a Commissioner for the South African Commission for Gender Equality from 2012-2014. She is currently a Distinguished Professor, holding a NRF Research Chair in Gender Politics.
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