Gender Paradigm Shift within the Family Structure in Kiambu, Kenya
Njoroge, W. N.
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The African family is organized along gender relations that stem from patriarchy. Patriarchy manifests itself in socio-economic and cultural structures that present diverse gender conflicts. Cultural gender norms affect resource distribution and power relations in the family, thereby creating gender inequalities. Members with more access to resources have greater power and influence. Using the Resources Theory, this paper posits that family members with more access to resources have greater power; hence more influence. The African family has witnessed a gender paradigm shift. This has dire consequences for both men and women. It has improved women’s decision –making, thereby widening their autonomy. On the other hand, it has challenged the traditionally perceived male supremacy rendering men helpless and hopeless. By so doing, it has strained gender relations, thus marginalizing the family further. Using a baseline survey, this paper highlights the gender shift and its impact on the family in Kiambu, Kenya.