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Women and Post-Independence African Politics  

Gretchen Bauer, Akosua Darkwah, and Donna Patterson

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Dec 2017
Building upon their participation in anti-colonial struggles across Africa in the mid-20th century, African women have taken on many political roles in the post-independence period. While ... More

Women and Slavery in Africa  

Mariana P. Candido

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Mar 2020
Kidnapping, warfare, seizure, and enslavement were gendered experiences in the sense that men, women, and children did not necessarily face the same process. Each enslaved woman and man was ... More

Women and Violence in Africa  

Peace A. Medie

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Jul 2019
Violence, in all of its forms, touches girls and women’s lives in Africa. While there is evidence that girls and women do participate in violence, research has shown that a significant ... More

Women in Angola  

Mariana P. Candido

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Sep 2018
European colonial powers established the contemporary boundaries of Angola during the Conference of Berlin (1884–1885). However, colonialism dates to the 15th century, when Portuguese ... More

Women in Associations and Organizations  

Alice Kang

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Mar 2020
Associations and organizations are groups of individuals who form a body to achieve an aim. Women’s leadership and membership in associations constitute a vital part of Africa’s economic, ... More

Women in Benin  

Jessica Catherine Reuther

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Jul 2019
The modern-day Republic of Benin in West Africa was historically a patchwork of precolonial kingdoms and acephalous zones. In the 17th century, the kingdom of Dahomey formed in the south ... More

Women in Central African History  

Gertrude Mianda

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Feb 2019
This examination of the history of women’s situation in Central Africa from the late colonial period of the 19th to the early 21st century sheds light on women’s experiences by highlighting ... More

Women in Comoros  

Sophie Blanchy

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Mar 2020
The inhabitants of the Comoros archipelago, situated between the East African coast and the island of Madagascar, are Muslim and at the same time follow a matrilocal residence rule and, in ... More

Women in Equatorial Guinea  

Susana Castillo-Rodriguez

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Mar 2020
Women who live in the territories that today comprise the Republic of Equatorial Guinea experienced important material and social changes during pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial ... More

Women in Guinea-Bissau  

Joanna Davidson

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Jul 2019
Guinea-Bissau, a small West African country, is home to a multiplicity of ethnic and religious groups with complicated historical entanglements along the Upper Guinea Coast and across ... More

Women in Law and Justice  

Helen Dancer

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Mar 2020
African law and justice systems in the early 21st century are the result of over a thousand years of religious and cultural influences and political change on the continent. As customary ... More

Women In Liberia  

Mary H. Moran

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Mar 2019
Liberia is a small country on the west coast of Africa, lying within the monsoon tropical forest belt and recording some of the highest annual precipitation rates of any place on earth. ... More

Women in Modern Egypt  

Hoda Elsadda

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Jul 2019
Women in Egypt have always played key roles in society in different historical eras. In the modern period, women were at the forefront of the modernization project that gained momentum at ... More

Women in Namibia  

Heike Becker

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May 2019
Women have had a significant role throughout Namibian history. Prior to colonization men were generally dominant, but certain women of high rank attained powerful positions. Namibian ... More

Women in Nationalist Movements  

Selina Makana

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Jun 2019
Nationalist movements in Africa may have been led by male luminaries, but the influence and successes of these movements largely depended on women’s grassroots organizing and mobilizing. ... More

Women in Post-Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction in Africa  

Helen Scanlon

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Jul 2019
Women’s experiences of conflict have been the subject of increased international attention since the end of the Cold War and this has been accompanied by a concomitant growth in attention ... More

Women in São Tomé and Príncipe  

Gerhard Seibert

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Jul 2019
With a population of 186,000 (2012) and an area of 1,001 km², the twin-island republic of São Tomé and Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea is the second smallest country in Africa. Following the ... More

Women in Somalia  

Safia Aidid

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Mar 2020
Although Somali women have played a dynamic and important role in the making of Somalia’s history, their histories have been obscured by archival limitations and androcentric scholarship. ... More

Women in South Africa  

Jill E. Kelly

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Mar 2020
Gendered processes produced and sustained families and labor in southern Africa from the first hunter-gatherers through the present, but these processes were never static or uncontested. ... More

Women in the Gambia  

Catherine Cymone Fourshey

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Jan 2019
A predominantly rural territory with few urban centers historically, the Gambia holds little in the way of well-known luxury resources commonly discussed in studies of western Africa. ... More

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