oa Mosenodi - Gender relations at the household level : voices from rural and urban Botswana

Volume 13, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 1021-559X



The changing of gender roles demands that, we examine how men and women negotiate their new roles and the impact that these changes have on their lives and those of their families. The aim of this study was to descriptionbe the experiences of men and women with regard to their gender roles in the household. A purposive sample of seven women and six men was recruited from Gaborone and Molepolole, A total of 13 men and 'women were sampled of age range 31-50 years - who had been in marriage or cohabiting relationships. Data collection was face-to-face, with the use an interview guide. Findings revealed that role assignment was gender-based. Men participating in household work had not internalized the role change. The main source of conflict was the poverty imbalance between men and women. Men were happy with the power differences, whereas women wanted the status quo to change.

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