• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Ethiopia

  • By: Joan Petit
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Ethiopian mothers are primarily rural and traditional. Commonly seen in Ethiopia are women carrying their babies on their backs, though sometimes a young girl may substitute for her mother and carry a younger sibling in the same manner. Ethiopian woman are responsible for the children, animals, and home, while the men generally have more freedom. Many Ethiopian women face daily challenges of poverty and disease: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), malnutrition, and lack of access to clean water and quality health care are major problems in this east African country, the result of which is that many women suffer from poor maternal health. Just 10 percent of women give birth with a trained attendant, and the maternal mortality rate is a high 850 per 100,000 ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles