Gender power relations in Southern Ethiopia – an anthropological insight

Goethe University of Frankfurt
Girma, Desta Lorenso

I am an anthropologist from Ethiopia who is writing his doctoral thesis on gender power relations and their change and continuity in the Kambaata community in southern Ethiopia. In our field of anthropology and its methodological engagement on gender studies there is still a notion and stereotype that says a male fieldworker, ethnographer and anthropologist cannot engage with women’s issues or conduct valuable research on them. I would like to challenge this widely held view and try to understand the world of women through strategic ethnographic tools that can help male feminist anthropologists to explore the perceptions, attitude, beliefs, norms and values of women in power dynamics of the Kambaata community to which I belong.

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