International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305

Full Length Research Paper

Towards a transformative reconstruction of gender: A critical review of women in the international space

Raditloaneng W. N.
Department of Adult Education, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Published: 31 March 2013



This is a phenomenological, philosophical and positional paper that seeks to provide a transformative view of gender, with a particular focus on the role that women play in the international space. The author illuminates the role of women since their documentation was left out in the past due to their already existing position of being socially and educationally disadvantaged. The author argues that the role of women is very critical and needs to be re-branded by illuminating gender roles by incorporating a combined ethnographic, Christian perspective is that gender is not seen as all about hardened men and women who do not have any role to play except in their homes and church arenas. The purpose of the paper is to illuminate gender roles as inclusive of both men and women in the international space. This transformation begins with gender blindness, awareness and sensitivity to gender issues where a call is made for transformation of gender as spaces occupied by both men and women. Based on a combined methodological framework of phenomenological, Christian perspective and a feminist standpoint, the author argues for a more comprehensive and inclusive way of reconstructing gender to include both men and women in the international space. Women need to personally experience their dynamic role in gender issues, critique works for both men and women, and based on their perceptions, reconstruct gender for the whole purpose of bridging gender gaps globally.


Key words: Christian perspective, women, gender, policies, international.