Gender in Mbororo Communities

In Mbororo communities as well as in many other indigenous communities, the prevailing socio – cultural patterns of life largely determine the role and status of the different social classes (men, women, and youths) of people.

Considering their high inclination to culture and tradition, the problem of gender has been a major challenge in the development of the Mbororo communities. The behavioral pattern is highly influenced by a social order or code of conduct called “Pulaaku”. The gender effect in Mbororo communities is very intense particularly in the area of marriage, education and decision making.


Early and forced marriages are very rampant in Mbororo communities and this usually resolves in frequent divorce and destitution amongst women. Education, though generally low is biased against the girl child as she is perceived as auxiliary to her mother in supporting household activities. Most crucially is the avoidance of women in major decision making processes in the family (such as sell of cattle, family expenditures and child education) as well as decision making organs in the communities.

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