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Title: The Impact of electricity blackouts on women time-use: a case study of Emakhandeni suburb in Bulawayo.
Authors: Sibanda, Dumisani
Keywords: Electricity blackout
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Abstract: The project sought to investigate the impact of electricity blackouts on women time use using Emakhandeni suburb as a case study. The study was carried out because they was an outcry by the residents of the suburb that the frequency of blackouts had turned into a crisis. The study focused on understanding the impact of blackouts on women in their households given that they bear the burden of carrying out the reproductive roles in their families. Caroline Moser and other scholars argue that women are constrained on time due to the triple roles they perform in societies. A qualitative approach was used in this study. Data was collected from a convenient sample of predominantly female respondents through use of focus discussion, face to face individual’s interviews and observations. This study has shown that blackouts negatively affect women’s ability to plan for the day, disrupt their activities and worsens their time constraints. Provisions of electricity should be viewed with gender lens as blackouts have tendered to affect women more than men at household level
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