Relative Status of Men and Women

Aside from and before missionary influence, Shipibo society appears to be highly egalitarian for men and women. This is changing under the impact of evangelical Protestant Christianity, which defines the role of women to be subservient in a way that does not reflect Shipibo tradition. Although it has not been customary for women to hold positions of political leadership, some women form independent households and conduct many of the economic roles of men such as fishing and gardening. Their status has not traditionally been diminished in any way. On the contrary, such women are admired and seen as self-reliant and commanding the respect of the community.

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