African Women's Movements

Transforming Political Landscapes

by Aili Mari Tripp, Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga, Alice Mungwa

Women entered the political scene in Africa after the 1990s, claiming more than one third of the parliamentary seats in countries like Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi. Women in Rwanda hold the highest percentage of legislative seats in the world. Women's movements lobbied for constitutional reforms and new legislation to expand women's rights. This book examines the convergence of factors behind these dramatic developments, including the emergence of autonomous women's movements, changes in international and regional norms regarding women's rights and representation, the availability of new resources to advance women's status, and the end of civil conflict. The book focuses on the cases of Cameroon, Uganda, and Mozambique, situating these countries in the broader African context. The authors provide a fascinating analysis of the way in which women are transforming the political landscape in Africa.

  • Cambridge University Press; November 2008
  • ISBN: 9780511474248
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  • Title: African Women's Movements
  • Author: Aili Mari Tripp; Isabel Casimiro; Joy Kwesiga; Alice Mungwa
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'This book counters the mainstream media image of Africa as a continent mired in the legacies of colonialism. The activist scholars writing here inspire us to recognize the impact of women's transformative leadership in policy making and bring a message of women's political activism as the urgent agency of social change.' Peggy Antrobus, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)