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

Women in Academia: Gender and Academic Freedom in Africa

Women in Academia: Gender and Academic Freedom in Africa (The State of Academic Freedom Series). Ebrima Sall. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2000, 190 p., ISBN: 2-86978-061-3

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The struggle for gender equality within academic life continues to meet strong resistance all around the world. African campuses are no exception. In the one area where women should be able to command respect and equality, the day-to-day reality of female academics is one of antagonism, difficulty and even physical and mental harassment. Academic freedom in Africa has attracted much recent attention. But few examinations of the subject have incorporated a gender analysis.

Drawing on the experiences of women from Cameroon, Egypt, Malawi, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda, this ground-breaking book examines in detail the realities of academic life. Choice in curricula, under-funding, promotion, relations with other staff and pay conditions are just a few of the critical issues explored.

Women in Academia reveals the true relations of power, resources and personalities among men and women and academia. This understanding will have a positive impact on research and development on the continent.

July 26 2000