Migration: An account of women’s empowerment in contemporary Namibia
This paper aims to shed light on the phenomenon of human mobility in contemporary Namibia, concentrating in particular on gender relations. Family member/s by making the decision to move can be considered agents who, despite the external structural constraints they face, and/or as a result of interaction with them, seek to achieve their goals and live by their values in such a way as to change their and/or the family’s life and conditions. The research was guided by the constructivist grounded theory approach allowing the emergence of a ‘theory of migration’, which provides a better platform to assess the gender transformation brought about by internal migration in Namibia, and thus contributes to the current debate on migration. Female migration is regarded here as a conscientising process, which empowers women, giving them the opportunity to tackle the gender power relations and challenge the existing structural institutional settings.
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