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Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism in this context has been defined as the practice of studying the minority cultures, recognizing their existence, upholding their ways of life and ensuring the individual rights of the members are guaranteed. The members of minority groups in most societies are easily neglected as they are not represented in great numbers, or are discriminated on bases of sex, race, ethnic background, social status and age. Feminism on the other hand has been represented as a principle that women and/or girls should not be disadvantaged due to their sex by downplaying their human dignity and denying them equal opportunities to live as fulfilling as they want. The women in many society set-ups have been faced with this common challenge of treating them unequally since they are seen as inferior or lacking capabilities of those of their counterparts, the male. The society generally has been cruel and unfair in presenting a fair and inclusive system for the position of women and their significance has been ignored especially in the African context.

The ability to merge different cultures of people from various backgrounds has offered an opportunity to reason out ways of treating the rest of the members of the society. The minority groups are most cases unrepresented, and in our case we see Okin discussing the challenges faced by women in African states that were under French colonial rule. The French applied assimilation as their way of ruling and administering power, whereby Africans who met certain conditions were allowed to be French citizens and share equal privileges. We learn that the African man has been deeply rooted in his cultural traditions and practices of polygamy are firmly held and respected. He is keen not to contradict his capacity and community respect of marrying more than one wife and have an extende…

 

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