GENDER DIMENSIONS OF WAR; A STUDY OF OSOFISAN’S WOMEN OF OWU

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GENDER DIMENSIONS OF WAR; A STUDY OF OSOFISAN’S WOMEN OF OWU

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

Background to the Study

This study titled “Gender Dimension Of  Women. A Case Study Of Femi Osofisan’s women of Owu is intended to elaborate on the issues concerning the impact of war on citizens in the society and gender disparity of women. In any society on earth war is one of the worst misfortune that there ever could be because of its devastating effects on the people especially women and children. Children born in war zones suffer from hunger, injury and death from weapons. Women that happen to find themselves in these zones suffer from hunger, injury and death from weapons, they also suffer from rape, diseases and a lot more.

 

This is so because warfare has changed from being a battle between soldiers to being a battle that includes and focuses on civilians. In some war zones babies’ skulls are dashed against rocks; toddler’s heads are thrust off in a bid to wipe off generations. Levy Bary and Victor Sidel. Stated that “Women and children make up 80 percent of refugees world wide” (187-188).

For women, the dangers of war go far beyond the violence of combat. In situations of armed conflicts, women suffer some of the greatest health and social iniquities in the world. A war gutted health system can be a death sentence for both mother and child in countries where even the peace time risk of dying from pregnancy is staggering high.

It is very crucial to end wars and conflicts because the threat of violence remains long after fighting ends. This study would focus on a lot of materials that would aim at a better understanding of the impacts of war.

 

Finally, societies throughout history have always remained patriarchal and for the most part the role and status of women have been dictated by men. The ancient Athenian society is of no exception. This patriarchal ideal presents a tension whereby a woman is to be silent, always obedient and work in the home as a caregiver to both her husband and children.

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