Whose Africa is rising? A feminist perspective

Source: (25 May 2015)

By Anna Davies-van Es

Africa’s so-called “GDP miracle” is celebrated by global institutions, the media and the local elite as an economic growth success. However, this is only part of the story; there is a sub-narrative at play, of “African women rising” and taking the continent by storm. This, we are told, is evidenced by the first women presidents on the continent (Dr Joyce Banda of Malawi and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia), the election of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as chair of the African Union, and Isabel dos Santos (the oldest daughter of Angola’s long-time president, José Eduardo dos Santos) being identified as Africa’s richest woman and first African woman billionaire. These political appointments and economic acclaim, which are celebrated in the media and at events across the continent, frame the discourse for anything to do with “women” and “Africa”. READ MORE


Fear of the feminine recurs

Source: Mail & Guardian (15 May 2015)

By Barbara Boswell

Last year Nigeria and Uganda passed laws with draconian penalties for people engaged in same-sex relationships and their allies – the Anti-Homosexuality Act and the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act respectively. An equally pernicious law, passed in Uganda at the same time, received less attention – the Anti-Pornography Act criminalised pornography by, inter alia, regulating women’s dress in public. READ MORE


Rhodes Must Fall: How black women claimed their place

Source: Mail & Guardian (30 March 2015)

By Mbali Matandela 

When the Rhodes Must Fall movement began UCT feminists quickly called a meeting with its leadership. They were not going to let their voices be drowned out.
After the movement’s first meeting, myself and a small group of black, radical feminists decided that we needed to stake our claim in talks about the university and its institutional racism. We began speaking up at meetings about what it means to be a black women or LGTBQIA people in an institution that still celebrates misogyny and white supremacy symbolically with the statue of Cecil John Rhodes statue. We knew how easily patriarchy can dominate any context, even protests about equal rights, and they were not going to let the Rhodes Must Fall movement become one of them.

Launch of a new edition of Agenda along with Opening Session of Queer in Africa Reimagined Symposium

Launch of a new edition of Agenda along with Opening Session of Queer in Africa Reimagined Symposium.

Tuesday 21 April 2015

6pm for 6:30pm

Atrium, Humanities Building, University of Cape Town.


Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In

Source: The Feminist Wire (18 October 2013)

By bell hooks

Editors’ Note: Though some of the fanfare surrounding Sheryl Sandberg (of Facebook and Lean In fame) has died down, Sandberg is back with her neoliberal feminism, or what bell hooks describes below as “faux feminism.”  After weeks of traveling the nation hawking books (and thousands upon thousands sold), amid endless celebration, debate, and criticism, Sandberg and her corporate feminism seek to cover even more territory. READ MORE



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