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Title:African women's movements in the twentieth century: a hidden history
Author:Berger, IrisISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:57
Issue:3
Pages:1-19
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Nigeria
Kenya
Subjects:women's organizations
feminism
women healers
social history
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2014.89
Abstract:This article begins by exploring the efforts of African women's movements from the 1990s onward to end violent civil conflicts and to insist on guarantees of gender equity in newly formed governments. It attempts to explain these recent successes first by examining the complex relationships between international women's movements and African women's groups from the Second World War onward, particularly from the era of the U.N. Decade for Women beginning in 1975. The article then turns to a broader problem: exploring the connections between contemporary women's activism and deeper currents in African history that link the precolonial period with the more recent past. By examining a variety of twentieth-century women's protests, it argues that cloaked in the language of political, economic, and environmental grievances, these movements also reflect a hidden history of women's influence as public healers, empowered not only to cure individuals, but also to mend broader relationships in the community. Bibliogr., notes, ref., summary in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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