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Women and the Remaking of Politics in Southern Africa

Women and the Remaking of Politics in Southern Africa

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Published by Ozzy Chinoda
African women have a long history of political involvement. Yet, the fervour with which they participated in anti-colonial struggles and supported national liberation were not acknowledged after independence leaving them to fight for representation and personal liberation on other fronts. This study looks at women’s struggles in Southern Africa where the last ten years have seen the most pervasive success stories on the African continent. Tracing the history of women’s involvement in anti-colonial struggles and against apartheid, the book analyses post-colonial outcomes and examines the strategies employed by women’s movements to gain a foothold in politics. In this book, the author presents in depth analyses and women’s narratives of their experiences in political parties, in the national machinery for the advancement of women and in the autonomous women’s movements
African women have a long history of political involvement. Yet, the fervour with which they participated in anti-colonial struggles and supported national liberation were not acknowledged after independence leaving them to fight for representation and personal liberation on other fronts. This study looks at women’s struggles in Southern Africa where the last ten years have seen the most pervasive success stories on the African continent. Tracing the history of women’s involvement in anti-colonial struggles and against apartheid, the book analyses post-colonial outcomes and examines the strategies employed by women’s movements to gain a foothold in politics. In this book, the author presents in depth analyses and women’s narratives of their experiences in political parties, in the national machinery for the advancement of women and in the autonomous women’s movements

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Womenand the Remaking of Politicsin Southern Africa
 Negotiating Autonomy, Incorporationand Representation
 Gisela Geisler
 N
 
ORDISKA
 A
 
FRIKAINSTITUTET
 2004
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Indexing terms
 
Gender equalityLiberationPolitical participationWomen’s organisationsWomen’s participationSouthern AfricaCover photo: Jørn Stjerneklar/PHOENIX
 
ANC supporters at an election meeting ten days before the first free electionsin South Africa.
 
Language checking: Elaine AlménIndex: Margaret Binns© The author and Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2004ISBN 91-7106-515-6Printed in Spain by Grafilur Artes Gráficas, 2004
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Contents
 Acknowledgements
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 Introduction
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 C
 HAPTER
 
1
African Women in/and Politics
 Issues and Realities
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 C
 HAPTER
 
2
 Women’s Participation in Nationalist Movementsand Liberation Struggles
 Fighting Men’s Wars
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 C
 HAPTER
 3Asserting Women’s Liberation within National Liberation
 The Case of the South African Women’s Movement 
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 HAPTER
 4The Women’s League Syndrome
A Non-Decision-Making Machinery
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 HAPTER
 5Ambitious but Marginalised
 Women’s Desks and Ministries
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 HAPTER
 6Women’s Organisations and Movements
 Sometimes Autonomy but Often No Unity
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 HAPTER
 7Struggling on All Fronts
 Women Politicians
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 Conclusion
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 Persons Interviewed
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 References
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 Abbreviations
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 Index
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