Throughout Africa, growing numbers of women are coming together and making their voices heard, mobilising around causes ranging from democracy and land rights to campaigns against domestic violence. In Tanzania and Tunisia, women have made major gains in their struggle for equal political rights, and in Sierra Leone and Liberia women have been at the forefront of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation. While some of these movements have been influenced by international feminism and external donors, increasingly it is African women who are shaping the global struggle for women's rights.
Bringing together African authors who themselves are part of the activist groups, this collection represents the only comprehensive and up-to-date overview of women's movements in contemporary Africa. Drawing on case studies and fresh empirical material from across the continent, the authors challenge the prevailing assumption that notions of women's rights have trickled down from the global north to the south, showing instead that these movements have been shaped by above all the unique experiences and concerns of the local women involved.
Balghis Badri is a professor of social anthropology and director of the Regional Institute for Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights at Ahfad University for Women, Sudan. She has previously taught at the universities of Khartoum and Riyadh, and was head of research at the Arab Centre for Training and Research in Tunis. In addition to her academic research, she is active in struggles for women's legal rights and empowerment, has headed several NGOs, and has worked as a consultant on gender issues to several UN agencies and government ministries. Aili Mari Tripp is a professor of political science and Evjue Bascom professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States. She has published extensively on gender and politics and on women's movements in Africa and globally. She is author of several award-winning books, such as Women and Power in Postconflict Africa (2015) and co-author of African Women's Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes (2009).
1. African Influences on Global Women's Rights: An Overview - Aili Mari Tripp and Balghis Badri 2. The Evolution of the Women's Movement in Sierra Leone - Nana Claris Efua Pratt 3. Market Women's Associations in Ghana - Akua Opokua Britwum and Angela Dziedzom Akorsu 4. Tunisian Women's Literature of Denunciation - Lilia Labidi 5. The Moroccan Feminist Movement (1946-2014) - Fatima Sadiqi 6. Women's Rights and the Women's Movement in Sudan (1952-2014) - Samia Al Nagar and Liv Tonnessen 7. The Women's Movement in Tanzania - Aili Mari Tripp 8. The Women's Movement in Kenya - Regina G. Mwatha 9. Women Organising for Liberation: South Africa - Sheila Meintjes 10. African Women Activists: Contributions and Challenges Ahead - Balghis Badri