“Have any of you ever studied the origins of patriarchy at school?” Dilar Dirik asks, researcher in Sociology at Cambridge University and activist of the Kurdish Women’s Movement. Dilar tries to summarize 6000 years of humanity on Earth. During the Neolithic, the first “modern” societies were formed in Mesopotamia, India and China. These were Matriarchal organizations, where women carried out internal, social, economic and political functions. Men on the other hand did external, subsistence and defense ones. Women had an enormous prestige then, where they were considered the only procreative members of the group. Their prestige was retracted when the men discovered their paternity…Kurdish Women’s Movement: “patriarchy is not natural” — StereoType Magazine
Patriarchy in Europe
Prominent sociologist Sylvia Walby describes patriarchy as ‘a system of social structures and practices in which men dominate, oppress, and exploit women’*.
The Daily Telegraph did a study recently on gender equality which is linked to patriarchy. This list was extracted from that study. Norway was best followed by Finland and Sweden. Slovenia rolled in 4th followed by Ireland, France, Germany and Denmark. Interesting that the United Kingdom only made it to 9th in Europe (behind Namibia considered globally) and finally Bulgaria then Latvia. Regarding the last two their religions are very prominent and extremely patriarchal which runs through their societies.