Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

Gender Activism and Studies in Africa

Gender Activism and Studies in Africa. CODESRIA Gender Series Volume 3. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2004, 184 p., ISBN: 2-86978-140-7

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This book celebrates the successes in African struggles for gender equality and draws attention to the challenges facing the edification of gender studies, women’s rights and entitlements. It brings together contributions by seasoned gender specialists who draw empirical evidence from several African countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa – to critically discuss various experiences in setting up gender and women’s studies programmes, feminist and gender activism, gender identities, social protest, gender and culture in indigenous films, continuities and discontinuities in conceptions of gender, same-sex relationships, customary law, and gendered discourse patterns. Readers will find great merit in the focus on challenges, achievements and future perspectives in the crystallisation of gender activism and studies in Africa.

The CODESRIA Gender Series acknowledges the need to challenge the masculinities underpinning the structures of repression that target women. The series aims to keep alive and nourish African social science research with insightful research and debates that challenge conventional wisdom, structures and ideologies that are narrowly informed by caricatures of gender realities. It strives to showcase the best in African gender research and provide a platform for the emergence of new talents to flower.


- Signe Arnfred
- Babere Kerata Chacha
- Amanda Gouws
- Josephine Ahikire
- Ayodele Ogundipe
- Charmaine Pereira
- Mansah Prah
- Charles Ukeje
- Felicia Arudo Yieke

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July 23 2004