by Edited by Patrick Burnett, Shereen Karmali and Firoze Manji - £14.95 Fahamu Books (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780954563721 | ISBN 10: 0954563727
The traditional perception of African women is that they toil day and night amidst grinding poverty while facing harsh cultural, traditional and social prejudices. Yet while it is true that, like elsewhere in the world, African women are not yet equal to men, this is only one part of the story. For in Africa, as the writings in this book show,women are fighting for their rights with grace, tenacity and eloquence.
The contributors describe how they won the cross-continental campaign for a protocol to protect the rights of African women and what still needs to be done to ensure that women enjoy these rights in every country. In a rich variety of articles, they consider topics such as women and conflict, the impact of current US policies on women's health in Africa, women's rights in Islam, and the implications of the Jacob Zuma trial for women in South Africa.
The articles first appeared in the prize-winning weekly electronic newsletter, Pambazuka News. They provide students, activists and others with an easy-to-read introduction to the struggle for women's rights in Africa.
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