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dc.contributor.advisor Nkuna, N. W. Masenya, Malesela Jim
dc.contributor.other Tsheola, J. P. 2016-12-05T10:09:18Z 2016-12-05T10:09:18Z 2015
dc.description Thesis (M.Dev.) --University of Limpopo, 2015 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of gender discrimination in water services provision on women empowerment in GaPila Village, located in Limpopo Province. Gender discrimination remains a major challenge both in the labour market and within households. The allocation of resources within households is still much gendered due to unequal gender relations in most rural areas. Men are allocated most resources within households and have many benefits than women. Such also manifest to children. Despite, women being major beneficiaries of the delivery of water services, they are discriminated against as they are not involved with the processes that precede the provision of such services. The study used both quantitative and qualitative research approach to establish the effects of gender discrimination in the provision of water services on women empowerment. The findings of the study illustrated that culture and tradition are the key to the inadequacy of women’s access to and control over management of water services. Cultural practices within communities either ignore female participation in water services management. Their participation is obstructed by lack of time, level of education, low self-esteem and flexibility due to substantial workload and numerous household responsibilities. The study also showed that according to local cultural beliefs, the status of women whether high or low, does not determine the amount of work that must be done by her at home, because irrespective of her status or career placement, her primary assignment is to care for the family/home. The study further revealed that women in the GaPila Village are allowed access to economic opportunities and participation roles during community meetings. Also, women are allowed to occupy positions such as chairperson, secretary and treasurer; however, due to culture and tradition, low self-esteem and lack of support from men, women do not take advantage of such opportunities to occupy these positions of authority in water services. Therefore, the study concluded that, as woman’s contributions regarding water services provision remains inconsequential because they are excluded from decision making processes that affect their level of living and prospects of empowerment. From a water services provision perspective, this study affirms the theoretical principle that discrimination against women disempowers them. Women are the beneficiaries of water services because most of their duties require water. As such, it is important for women to actively participate and to be involved in the management committee relating to water services and provision. en_US
dc.format.extent xvii, 150 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo en_US
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dc.subject Gender discrimination en_US
dc.subject Water services provision en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex discrimination in employment--South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rural women--South Africa-Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Water supply,Rural--South Africa en_US
dc.title The effects of gender discrimination in water services provision on women empowerment in Gapila Village, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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