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Andisiwe Makwecana
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The access to resources such as education which was afforded only to men in Mercy’s community ensured that women remain inferior to men in terms of educational qualification which leads to them becoming dependent on men as the main providers with their better income. This gives men financial power over woman and thus ensures women stay in abuse relationships and tolerate violence. The fact that only boys were encouraged to further their education also meant that women were deprived access to information which would have helped them understand violence sooner thereby not normalize it over generations.

The institutional practices of the church to groom young girls into obedient housewives and housekeepers ensures that girls know not to dream beyond their circumstances and are in a way being brainwashed into believing they exist to serve men by keeping the house warm and birthing children, this further subjects them into abuse by their husbands in later life as they are told to obey their husband and disobedience is met with hostility.