Black men's experiences regarding women's and children's rights : a social work perspective / S.E. Mogosetsi
Mogosetsi, Seipati Elizabeth
- Publisher: North-West University
Experience | Black men | African men | Women | Children | Rights
The promotion of women's and children's rights excluded men from the process. The
implementation of these rights called for a shift in domestic power relations. Men,
especially certain black men, were plunged in predicament as some felt that the changes
undermined their cultural and traditional masculine identities and that women and children
abused their rights. In many cases the relationships between men, women and children
came under pressure.
This research is conducted among black men. The aim is to explore and describe black
men's experience of their relationship with women and children in the context of women's
and children's rights. An empirical study using a qualitative approach was followed to
promote understanding of black men's experiences. In-depth interviews and personal
notes/letters were used to collect data.
The gist of the findings is that these changes are not important to women and children only,
but to men too. The findings produced the following six main categories: Black men view
women's and children's rights as good if correctly used; black men experience that women
and children abuse their rights; black men feel that children do not honour them as they put
their own rights above their father's rights; black men feel marginalised and use fight, flight
or passiveness as coping strategies; black men experience women's and children's rights as
a major cause of family disorganisation; black men suggest that there should be a platform
for men and women to talk about their differences and types of power.
Guidelines for appropriate service delivery programmes for families are developed from the
Thesis (M.A. (MW))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2004.