WOMEN'S ROLE TOWARD NATION BUILDING IN TRADITIONAL IGBO SOCIETY: A SOCIO-RELIGIOUS AND ETHICAL RE-APPRAISAL
This research re-appraised the religious and ethical roles of women in traditional Igbo society. It argued that women in traditional Igbo land played significant roles in nation building. The roles of women in this society and women generally are natural. These roles which are very significant to the family, community and the nation at large include: character formation of their children, care, peace building and invigoration of labour force and socio-capital transmission. Western and foreign values impinged on African cultural values, bringing about the swopping of or an outright change in roles or functions of women in the society. This limited the extent to which women could have contributed towards nation building. This research adopted the sociological approach to address the issues raised in the study. The work found out that women's contributions to conflict mediation and consolidation of peace in the family, community, and the larger society cannot be over-emphasized. This work in its recommendations advised the relevant agencies as the government ministries, Christian organisations, and women groups to expedite actions in their quest to remove all the challenges affecting women's roles in the contemporary society, for optimal contributions.
Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the journal and the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.