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Vivian Besem Ojong

In: Working Women: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Survival

Chapter 17: Gendered Spaces: Men in Women's Places

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Gendered Spaces: Men in Women's Places
Gendered spaces: Men in women's places
Vivian BesemOjong
Introduction

At different levels amongst women entrepreneurs in South Africa, efforts have been made to include and empower women in decision-making positions, but men are covertly and openly sidestepping women and denying them the opportunity of reaping the benefits of their entrepreneurial endeavours. The data used for this paper is based on ethnographic research conducted cross-culturally among women entrepreneurs in KwaZulu-Natal from 2001 to 2005. A majority of the women were Ghanaian migrant professional hairdressers (50).1 Seven South African women who were Zulu speaking, two Nigerian women who ran bakeries and two others who ran clothing shops and 10 Ghanaian male hairdressers.

Women's Positioning vis-à-vis Culture

Societies have been structured in a way that roles are ...

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