Feminist Africa Journal




By prioritising intellectual rigor, the journal seeks to challenge the technocratic fragmentation resulting from donor-driven and narrowly developmentalist work on gender in Africa. It also encourages innovation in terms of style and subject-matter as well as design and lay-out. It promotes dialogue by stimulating experimentation as well as new ways of engaging with text for readers.

A commitment to transforming gender hierarchies in Africa will shape a strongly continental focus for the journal's subject-matter, design and mode of distribution. Issues will confront linkages between different African regions, nation-states and social identities, and register the unique challenges facing a continent with a shared history of exploitation and marginalisation. At the same time, the journal acknowledges that Africa's myriad social and cultural processes are inextricably linked to global processes.




Yaliwe Clarke is a Lecturer in the Gender Studies Section in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics (Faculty of Humanities).

Jane Bennett has disciplinary backgrounds in literature, linguistics, sociology and feminist theory, and has worked at the State University of New York, Barnard College, and since 1999, within the University of Cape Town.

Feminist Africa 21: The Politics of Fashion and Beauty in Africa is now out!!

From wigs and weaves to skin-bleaching to the clothes that we use to cover or reveal our bodies, fashion and beauty are complex structural considerations for women in Africa, and at the same time immensely personal. Occupying diverse socio-cultural positions, we exercise different degrees of practical choice over how we dress and adorn ourselves, limited by sheer material means and the market forces and asymmetric commodity flows of globalisation, as well as by the host of norms of embodied appearance to which we actively subscribe or with which we are expected or made to comply. READ MORE

Feminist Africa 20 - Pan-Africanism and Feminism edited by Hakima Abbas and Amina Mama is now available online! To view and download articles, please click HERE



The African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town is pleased to announce a call for papers for Feminist Africa Issue 21 (Fashion and Beauty Politics). This issue is being guest edited by Simidele Dosekun. For more information about Feminist Africa, please visit www.feministafrica.org. 

Deadline for Submissions: 31 December 2015

All Submissions and Enquiries should be emailed to agi-feministafrica@uct.ac.za

Feminist Africa 19 - Pan-Africanism and Feminism edited by Hakima Abbas and Amina Mama is now available online! To view and download articles, please visit http://agi.ac.za/journal/feminist-africa-19-2014-pan-africanism-and-feminism

The African Union celebrated its 50th  Year in May 2013, under the general theme Pan-Africanism and Renaissance. At the gala and summit, Africa’s Heads of State’s congratulated themselves on the region’s rising GDP’s, anticipating a renewed foreign interest. We are already witnessing a renewed scramble for the material wealth of the region – most explicitly manifest in the land grab that threatens the very fabric of Africa’s survival. READ MORE.

Feminist Africa 16: ‘African Feminist Engagements with Film,’ edited by Yaba Badoe, Amina Mama and Salem Mekuria is now out and available online.

Bennett, J. & Tamale, S. 2011. Editorial: Legal Voice: Challenges and Prospects in the Documentation of African legal feminism. Feminist Africa 15: 1- 16. Read Editorial

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