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‘Dirty Work’ at the Intersections of Gender, Class, and Nation: Liberian Market Women in Postconflict Times

J. Cruz
(Women’s Studies in Communication, 
2015)
Volume: 38
Issue: 4
p. 421-439
Topic(s): African Feminism, West Africa

‘Feminists Make Too Much Noise!’: Generational Differences and Ambivalence in Feminist Development Politics in Ghana

Sylvia Bawa
(Canadian Journal of African Studies, 
2018)
Volume: 52
Issue: 1
p. [1-17]
Topic(s): African Feminism, West Africa

‘In A Solid Bond of Unity’: Anticolonial Feminism in the Cold War Era

Jacqueline Castledine
(Journal of Women's History, 
2008)
Volume: 20
Issue: 4
p. 57-81
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Southern Africa, Transnational Feminism

‘Respectable Women’ Versus ‘Small Houses’: Feminist Negotiations of Sexual Morality, Marriage and the Challenge of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe

Lene Bull Christiansen
(Journal of Southern African Studies, 
2013)
Volume: 39
Issue: 3
p. 511-26
Topic(s): Sexuality, Southern Africa

‘Working’ and ‘Studying’ Muslim Women: African Feminist Theory and the African Novel

Shirin Edwin
(Women’s Studies, 
2008)
Volume: 37
Issue: 5
p. 519-47
Topic(s): African Feminism, West Africa

“Tonguing the Body’: Placing Female Circumcision Within African Feminist Discourse

Natasha M. Gordon
(Issues, 
1997)
Volume: 25
Issue: 2
p. 24-27
Topic(s): Reproductive Rights
Ousseina Alidou
(Comparative Literature, 
2002)
Volume: 54
Issue: 3
p. 242-255
Topic(s): Art

A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis of Ghanaian Feminist Blogs

Mark Nartey
(Feminist Media Studies, 
2005)
Volume: 21
Issue: 4
p. 657-72
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, West Africa

A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis of Selected Sex-Related Yoruba Proverbs and Their Post-Proverbials

Adetutu Aragbuwa
(Nordic Journal of African Studies, 
2020)
Volume: 29
Issue: 1
Topic(s): African Feminism

A Feminist Manifesto of Resistance Against Intellectual Property Regimes: Reclaiming the Public Domain as an Open-Access Information Commons

Sasha Mathew
(Critical African Studies, 
2021)
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
p. 115-26
Topic(s): Decolonization

A Feminist Methodology of Age-Grading and History in Africa

Corrie Decker
(American Historical Review, 
2020)
Volume: 125
Issue: 2
p. 418-26
Topic(s): African Feminism, Feminist Methodology
Tarryn Alexander
,
Kirk Helliker
(Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 
2016)
Volume: 34
Issue: 3
p. 404-18
Topic(s): African Feminism

A Hundred Silences

Gabeba Baderoon
(Kewela, 
2006)
Topic(s): African Feminism

A Produção Necessária das Intelectuais Feministas Africanas No Campo Dos Estudos de Gênero e a Agência Do CODRESIA

Michelle Cirne
(Revista África(s), 
2017)
Volume: 4
Issue: 8
p. 393-396
Topic(s): African Feminism

A Situated, African Understanding of African Feminism for Men: A Ghanaian Narrative

Isaac Dery
(Gender, Place and Culture, 
2020)
Volume: 27
Issue: 12
p. 1745-65
Topic(s): African Feminism, Economic Development, West Africa

Activist Leadership and Questions of Sexuality with Young Women: A South African Story

Jane Bennett
,
Barbara Boswell
,
Tanekwah Hinds
,
 Jody Metcalfe
,
Ivy Kabura Nganga
(Feminist Formations, 
2016)
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
p. 27-50
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Reproductive Rights, Southern Africa

African Cyborgs: Females and Feminists in African Science Fiction Film

Lizelle Bisschoff
(Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 
2020)
Volume: 22
Issue: 5
p. 606-23
Topic(s): Art

African Feminisms: Cartographies for the 21st Century

Alicia C. Decker
,
Gabeba Baderoon
(Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 
2018)
Volume: 17
Issue: 2
p. 219-231
Topic(s): African Feminism

African Feminist Media Studies: A View from the Global South

Tanja Bosch
(Feminist Media Studies, 
2011)
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
p. 27-33
Topic(s): Art, Global South

African Feminist Scholars in Women’s Studies: Negotiating Spaces of Dislocation and Transformation in the Study of Women

Josephine A. Beoku-Betts
,
Wairimu Ngaruiya Njambi
(Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 
2005)
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
p. 113-132
Topic(s): African Feminism

African Queer African Digital: Reflections on Zanele Muholi’s Films4peace and Other Works

Naminata Diabate
(African Literature Today, 
2018)
Volume: 36
p. 17-37
Topic(s): LGBTQ
(Agenda Feminist Media, 
1987)
Topic(s): African Feminism, Empowerment
Agenda

And Wrote My Story Anyway: Black South African Women’s Novels as Feminism

Boswell
,
Barbara
(Witwatersrand University Press, 
2020)
Topic(s): Feminist Leaders, Southern Africa
Viveca S. Greene
,
Amber Day
(Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 
2019)
Volume: 45
Issue: 2
p. 449-472
Topic(s): Gender-Based Violence
Sinmi Akin-Aina
(Nokoko, 
2011)
Volume: 2
Topic(s): African Feminism
Sinmi Akin-Aina
(Nokoko, 
2011)
Topic(s): African Feminism, Feminist Methodology, Global North, Global South

Black Feminist Ethnography and the Racial Politics of Porter Labor in Ghana

Laurian R. Bowles
(Feminist Africa, 
)
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
p. 65-77
Topic(s): African Feminism, West Africa

Bottom Power’: Theorizing Feminism and the Women’s Movement in Sierra Leone (1981-2007)

Lynda R. Day
(West Africa, 
2008)
Volume: 7
p. 491-513
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Government, Politics

Boundless Whiteness? Feminism and White Women in the Mirror of African Feminist Writing

Susan Arndt
(Matatu, 
2005)
Volume: 20
p. 157-172
Topic(s): African Feminism

Brenda Fassie and Busiswa Gqulu: A Relationship of Feminist Expression, Aesthetics and Memory

Siphokazi Tau
(Social Dynamics, 
2021)
Volume: 47
Issue: 1
p. 23-36
Topic(s): Art, Feminist Leaders, LGBTQ, Southern Africa

Cameroun: Simulacre d’Émasculation du Pouvoir par les Femmes

Télesphore Mba Bizo
(Africultures, 
)
Volume: 3
Issue: 74
p. 50-53
Topic(s): African Feminism, Central Africa

Challenging ‘Supernormal Patriarchy’ in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Policies and Laws in Zambia from an Ecofeminist Perspective

Fatima Mandhu
(Rowman and Littlefield, 
2021)
Edited By: Veronica Fynn Bruey
Topic(s): Exploitation, Southern Africa
Marlan Jaksch
,
Cymone Fourshey
(Lexington Press, 
2021)
Edited By: Egodi Uchendu and Ngozi Edeagu
p. 39-55
Topic(s): African Feminism, East Africa

Cinderellas’ of Our Mozambique Wish to Speak: A Feminist Perspective on Extractivism

Teresa Cunha
,
Isabel Casimiro
(Feminist Africa, 
2021)
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
p. 71-98
Topic(s): East Africa, Exploitation, Government, Politics

Creating the Archive of African Women’s Writing: Reflecting on Feminism, Epistemology, and the Women Writing Africa Project

Abena P.A. Busia
(Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 
2018)
Volume: 17
Issue: 2
p. 233-45
Topic(s): African Feminism

Decolonizing African Media Studies

Wunpini Fatimata Mohammend
(Howard Journal of Communications, 
2021)
Topic(s): Decolonization, Global North
Catherine Albertyn
(Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 
)
Volume: 32
Issue: 2
p. 217-39
Topic(s): Politics Government and Military, Southern Africa

Defending Feminism in Africa

Simidele Dosekun
(Postamble, 
2007)
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
p. 47-63
Topic(s): African Feminism
Hakima Abbas
,
Mama Amina
(Feminist Africa, 
2014)
Topic(s): African Feminism
Feminist Africa
Samuel Adu-Poku
(Journal of Gender Studies, 
)
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
p. 157-67
Topic(s): African Feminism

Establishing a Feminist Culture: The Experience of Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network

Hope Chigudu
(Gender and Development, 
)
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
p. 35-42
Topic(s): East Africa, Economic Development

Expressing Islamic Feminism in Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter

Shirin Edwin
(Gender, Place and Culture, 
2009)
Volume: 16
Issue: 6
p. 723-40
Topic(s): African Feminism, West Africa

Female Consciousness and Feminism in Africa

Allison Drew
(Theory and Society, 
1995)
Volume: 24
Issue: 1
p. [1-33]
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Decolonization

Feminism: The Quest for an African Variant

Sotunsa Mobolanle Ebunoluwa
(Journal of Pan African Studies, 
)
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
p. 227-34
Topic(s): African Feminism

Feminisms in African Hip Hop

Msia Kibona Clark
(Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 
2018)
Volume: 17
Issue: 2
p. 383-400
Topic(s): Art

Feminisms Today: Still Fighting

Deevia Bhana
,
Shirley Mthethwa-Sommers
(Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, 
2010)
Volume: 24
Issue: 83
p. [2-7]
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Southern Africa
Charmaine Pereira
,
Marianna Fernandes
,
Nzira de Deus
(Feminist Africa, 
2021)
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
p. 160-71
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Southern Africa, Transnational Feminism

Finding Spirit in the Work – Ukuthwasa

Namanzi Chinyama
,
Choongo Mweene
(Feminist Africa, 
2017)
Volume: 22
p. 111
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Southern Africa

Finding Women in the Zimbabwean Transition

Chipo Dendere
(Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 
2018)
Volume: 17
Issue: 2
p. 376-381
Topic(s): Economic Development, Government, Politics, Southern Africa

For ‘M.O.’ and the Legacy She Left Us: A Tribute to Professor ‘Molara Ogundipe

Adedoyin Agouru
(Feminist Africa, 
2021)
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
p. 134-38
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Art, Feminist Leaders, West Africa

Fried eggs and all-women gangs: the geopolitics of Chinese gold mining in Ghana, bodily vulnerability, and resistance.

Heidi Hausermann
,
Janet Adomako
,
Maya Robles
(Human Geography, 
2020)
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
p. 60-73
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Exploitation, West Africa
Angela Cowser
,
Sandra L. Barnes
(Journal of Namibian Studies, 
2016)
Volume: 19
p. 15-41
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Southern Africa

Gender and Language Use; The Case of Two Akan Verbal Art Forms

Love Akosua Anyidoho
(The University of Texas at Austin, 
1993)
Topic(s): Art

Gender and the Chief Justice: Principle or Pretext?

Elsje Bonthuys
(Journal of Southern African Studies, 
2013)
Volume: 39
Issue: 1
p. 59-76
Topic(s): Politics Government and Military, Southern Africa

Gender/Class Intersections and African Women’s Rights

Carole Boyce Davies
(Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, 
2015)
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
p. [1-25]
Topic(s): African Feminism

Genealogies of Desire and Radical Queerness in Frieda Ekotto’s Chuchote Pas Trop and Francophone African Literature

Naminata Diabate
(Research in African Literatures, 
2016)
Volume: 47
Issue: 2
p. 46-65
Topic(s): LGBTQ
Marla Jaksch
(Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. Africa, gender and technology special issue., 
2020)
Issue: 16
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Feminist Methodology, Reproductive Rights

Infraction and Change in the Nigerian Feminist Novel: Zaynab Alkali and Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo

Sule E. Egya
(African Identities, 
)
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
p. 101-11
Topic(s): African Feminism, West Africa
Jaksch, Marla
,
Fourshey, Cymone
(Gendered Institutions and Women’s Political Representation in Africa, 
2020)
Edited By: Dr. Diana H. Madsen
p. 191-216
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Politics Government and Military
Marla Jaksch
,
Cymone Fourshey
(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Series: Law, Culture and Humanities, 
2020)
Edited By: Elaine Wood
p. 191-216
Topic(s): East Africa, Government, Politics

Introduction: Current Perspectives on Islamic Family Law in Africa

Fulera Issaka-Toure
,
Ousseina D. Alidou
(Islamic Africa, 
2020)
Topic(s): West Africa

Issues in African Feminism: A Syllabus

Ada Uzoamaka Azodo
(Women's Studies Quarterly, 
1997)
Volume: 25
Issue: 3
p. 201-207
Topic(s): African Feminism
Serena O. Dankwa
(Cambridge University Press, 
2021)
Topic(s): LGBTQ, West Africa
Nombuso Dlamini
(Journal of International Women’s Studies, 
)
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
p. 78-93
Topic(s): African Feminism

Marxism, Feminism, and South African Studies

Belinda Bozzoli
(Journal of Southern African Studies, 
1983)
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
p. 139-171
Topic(s): African Feminism, Southern Africa

Mary Saves the Man-Eater: Value in the Medieval Ethiopian Marian Miracle Tale of ‘The Cannibal of Qemer’

Wendy Laura Belcher
(Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures, 
2019)
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
p. 29-49
Topic(s): East Africa

Memories of trauma and organizing: Market women’s susu groups in postconflict Liberia

J. Cruz
(Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory, and Society, 
2014)
Volume: 21
Issue: 4
p. 447-462
Topic(s): African Feminism, Feminist Methodology, West Africa
Catherine Obianuju Acholonu
(Owerri: AFA Publications, 
1995)
Topic(s): African Feminism

Muslim Feminist, Media Sensation, and Religious Entrepreneur: Aminata Kane Koné as a Figure of Success in Côte d’Ivoire

Fréderick Madore
(Africa Today, 
)
Volume: 67
Issue: 2
p. 17-38
Topic(s): Feminist Leaders, West Africa
Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf
(Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 
2004)
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
p. 152-71
Topic(s): Feminist Leaders, North Africa

Networking for Women’s Rights: Academic Centers, Regional Information Networks, and Feminist Advocacy in Southern Africa

Yvonne A. Braun
,
Michael C. Dreiling
(Journal of Asian and African Studies, 
2004)
Volume: 39
p. 95-117
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, Southern Africa, Transnational Feminism

Nudity and Morality: Legislating Women’s Bodies and Dress in Nigeria

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf
(East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights, 
2009)
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
p. 53-68
Topic(s): Sexuality, West Africa

Offspring’s Experiences and Paternity Crisis: Creative Writers and Same-Sex Marriage in Igbo Culture

Evelyn Nwachukwu Urama
(Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 
2021)
Volume: 39
Issue: 2
p. 185-98
Topic(s): LGBTQ, West Africa

On Women, Bodies, and Nation: Feminist Critique and Revision in Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story

Christa Baiada
(African Studies, 
2008)
Volume: 67
Issue: 1
p. 33-48
Topic(s): African Feminism, Southern Africa

Pan-Africanism, Feminism and Popular Education in the Struggle Against Water Pan-Africanism, Feminism and Popular Education in the Struggle Against Water

Koni Benson
(Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, 
2020)
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy

Pedagogies of Feminist Resistance: Agrarian Movements in Africa

Lyn Ossome
(Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, 
2021)
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
p. 41-58
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy
Lillian Artz
(Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, 
2012)
Volume: 26
Issue: 3
p. 8-18
Topic(s): Empowerment, Southern Africa
Jihan Zkarriya
(Journal of International Women's Studies, 
2019)
Volume: 20
Issue: 7
p. 113-128
Topic(s): Gender-Based Violence, North Africa

Queer Crossings: Kinship, Marriage, and Sexuality in Igboland and Carriacou

Andrew Apter
(Journal of West African History, 
2017)
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
p. 39-66
Topic(s): LGBTQ, West Africa

Queering the Social Emergence of Disabled Sexual Identities: Linking Queer Theory with Disability Studies in the South African Context

Paul Chappell
(Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, 
2015)
Volume: 29
Issue: 1
p. 54-62
Topic(s): LGBTQ, Southern Africa

Quel Avenir Pour le Féminisme Noir?

Patricia Hill Collins
(Africultures, 
)
Volume: 74
Topic(s): African Feminism

Reimagining Feminist Organizing in Global Times: Lessons from African Feminist Communication

J. Cruz
(Women & Language, 
2015)
Volume: 38
Issue: 2
p. 23-41
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy, African Feminism

Religious Entrepreneurship and Female Migration: The Case of a Muslim Religious Leader in Masqan, Ethiopia

Yekatit Getachew Tsehayu
,
Terje Østebø
(Africa Today , 
2020)
Volume: 67
Issue: 1
p. 63-83
Topic(s): East Africa, Migration

Researching African Women and Gender Studies: New Social Science Perspectives

Akosua A. Ampofo
,
Josephine Beoku-Betts
,
Mary Osirim
(African and Asian Studies, 
2008)
Volume: 7
Issue: 4
p. 327-241
Topic(s): African Feminism, Feminist Methodology

Resisting Dominant Discourses: Implications of Indigenous, African Feminist Theory and Methods for Gender and Education Research

Bagele Chilisa
,
Gabo Ntseane
(Gender and Education, 
)
Volume: 22
Issue: 6
p. 617-32
Topic(s): African Feminism, Feminist Methodology

Rethinking Gender from the South

Raewyn Connell
(Feminist Studies, 
2014)
Volume: 40
Issue: 3
p. 518-39
Topic(s): Global North, Global South

Revisiting ‘What’s in a Name?’ Exploring the Contours of Africana Womanist Thought

Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd
,
Evelyn M. Simien
(Frontiers, 
2006)
Volume: 27
Issue: 1
p. 67-89
Topic(s): African Feminism
Ayo Adeduntan
(Journal of African Cultural Studies, 
2020)
Volume: 32
Issue: 4
p. 400-14
Topic(s): Art, West Africa
Olumide Adisa
(Gender and Development, 
2020)
Volume: 28
Issue: 3
p. 535-49
Topic(s): Economic Development, West Africa

Saved by a Song: Patriarchy and Women’s Experience in Chamba Tellings of ‘The Girl Who Wanted an Unblemished Husband’

Raymond Boyd
,
Richard Fardon
(Journal of African Cultural Studies, 
)
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
p. [5-25]
Topic(s): African Feminism

Shaping Futures and Feminisms: Qur’anic Schools in West African Francophone Fiction

Shirin Edwin
(Gender and Education, 
2011)
Volume: 23
Issue: 7
p. 873-88
Topic(s): West Africa

Sour Honey

Mary Abago
(Fountain Publishers, 
1999)
Topic(s): Empowerment
M.J. Daymond
(New York: Garland, 
1996)
Topic(s): African Feminism, Feminist Methodology, Southern Africa

State Sponsorship of Women’s Rights and Implications for Patriarchalism in Namibia

(Journal of Modern African Studies, 
1997)
Volume: 35
Issue: 3
p. 469-83
Topic(s): Economic Development, Government, Politics, Southern Africa

States of Injury: Josephine Butler on Slavery, Citizenship, and the Boer War

Antoinette Burton
(Social Politics, 
1998)
Volume: 5
Issue: 3
p. 338-61
Topic(s): Government, Politics, Southern Africa

Taking ‘A Count’ of Women in Prison

Lillian Artz
,
Britta Rotmann
(Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity, 
2015)
Volume: 29
Issue: 4
p. [3-13}
Topic(s): African Feminism

The Africa Social Forum Feminist Dialogue: Power, Feminisms and Mobilization

A. Alexander
(Feminist Africa, 
2005)
Volume: 4
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy
A. Alexander
(Feminist Africa, 
2005)
Volume: 4
Topic(s): Activism and Advocacy