A woman's work is never done
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CTA. 1999. A woman's work is never done . Spore 82. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Romain Mirindi of Projet Kaliba, BP 136, Cyangugu, Rwanda, reminds us of the heavy burden of the African woman farmer: 'She rises at 5.30 am to prepare perhaps a breakfast that she will eat with her family later in the morning. Then she goes to work...
Romain Mirindi of Projet Kaliba, BP 136, Cyangugu, Rwanda, reminds us of the heavy burden of the African woman farmer: 'She rises at 5.30 am to prepare perhaps a breakfast that she will eat with her family later in the morning. Then she goes to work on her patch of land that lies an hour's walk away. After that she draws water at the well, again far from her house, with her baby on her back. She then tills, weeds, and waters her kitchen plot until about 4 pm, stopping just to eat some morsels of food she brought with her. She now has only two hours before nightfall, and she will use them to cut some wood (if she did not do that when she came back from her plot) and she will gather some vegetables or tubers for her family. Then she carries all that back home. Normally she returns home at nightfall to prepare the evening meal, which takes at least two hours. Sunday is devoted to doing the washing by the river, and she rarely has time to wait for the clothes to dry before ironing them. The husband is indifferent to these hardships and pays scant attention to her suggestions. He only helps to cut trees and burn bushes so that she can prepare the land for cultivation, but that is about all he does. The (male) African farmer sometimes manages to do a bit of fishing or hunting, but he spends most of his time in discussion with other men in the village. If he can afford it, after several years he will take a second and younger wife, on whom he will pour all his affection. His first wife will have to carry on working as before, until illness or death force her to stop.'