Women's movements and feminist activism

Show simple item record Gouws, Amanda Coetzee, Azille 2020-02-03T15:32:22Z 2020-02-03T15:32:22Z 2019-08-29
dc.identifier.citation To cite this article: Amanda Gouws & Azille Coetzee (2019) Women's movements and feminist activism, Agenda, 33:2, 1-8, DOI: 10.1080/10130950.2019.1619263 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2158-978X
dc.description.abstract Over the last two decades the contributions and achievements as well as failures of women’s movements and women’s activism have been well documented in manuscripts that have specifically focused on Africa and been written from the vantage point of the Global South. Shireen Hassim’s landmark study Women’s Organizations and Democracy in South Africa – Contesting Authority (2006) chronicles and analyses the role of the women’s movement in the South African liberation struggle, democratic transition, and the first engagements with institutional politics. She also highlights the role and failures of the ANC Women’s League to contribute to substantive gender equality. In her book Democracy and the Rise of Women’s Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa Kathleen Fallon (2008) engages the issue of women in democratisation processes in Africa and analyses Ghana as a case study. Aili Mari Tripp, Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga and Alica Mungwa in African Women’s Movements – Changing Political Landscapes (2009) provide a fascinating comparative study of women’s movements in Cameroon, Mozambique and Uganda. They study the rise of what they call “new women’s movements” that differ from the early period of postcolonial women’s organising, where organisations were closely associated with the ruling party and the State. New women’s movements were formed with their own agendas, leadership and funding. These organisations focus on engagement with institutional politics through campaigns for greater women’s representation in government, for example, demanding quotas, women’s involvement in policy making and the improvement of women’s leadership skills (p.81). These organisations attempted to broaden developmental agendas to include political concerns and aimed to find political solutions for developmental problems. Documentation of women’s movements and struggles in Africa has also been done by Gisela Geisler (2004: chapter 6) and in the South African context by Gertrude Fester in South African Women’s Apartheid and Post-Apartheid Struggles: 1980-2014 (2015). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Agenda en_US
dc.subject Feminist Activism en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Women's voices en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.title Women's movements and feminist activism en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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