Gender and Women’s Studies as Feminist Strategy

“In the early 1990s only 4% of Africa’s professoriate were women, and while this number has steadily increased, especially in administrative appointments, there are still few women in top research professorships. Feminist academics have established gender and women’s studies programs, training thousands of women and men better able to challenge masculine domination in policy, govenance, culture and social relations. The heads of CEGENSA (Ghana), CEGRAD (Cape Coast), WORDOC (Ibadan) and the Makerere School of Women and Gender studies discuss the importance of these structures. The conversation will be moderated by renowned veteran sociologist from University of Zimbabwe, Prof Rudo Gaidzanwa.

COVID-19, Feminism and the Pandemic

Following up on the Peoples Vaccine campaigner’s and Head of UN AIDS, Winnie Byanyima’s address on the Pandemic in Pan African persepctive, this panel is convened by Akosua Darkwah, Editor of the forthcoming Issue of Feminsit AFrica on the subject of Pandemics. Contributors share their perspecitves and researcjh findings, allowing for further in-depth discussion about how African women have contributed to averting the worst effects of the ongoing nightmare currnetly being exacerbated by Vaccine Apartheid.

Invisible Giants

How do Giants become invisible? Are giants not supposed to be visible? The paradox of this title will be explored at this round table session, facilitated by Marie-Helene Ndiaye and Coumba Toure on the final day, 24th of September

Feminism and Pan Africanism

Women matter! There can be no true liberation without women’s liberation, long recognised to be a central aspect in freedom struggles. The conversation in between feminism and pan Africanism is needed to ensure the necessary bridging between the dual struggles that women pursue, in their own movements as much as in male dominated liberation movements. This will be an open discussion session facilitated by Coumba Toure and Wangui Wa Goro, on the 23rd of September at the Hannah Kudjoe Stage.

Dialogue on Gender and Sexuality in African Futurism

“How does the African Futurist genre (re)imagine gender norms, sexual identities, and issues of feminism on the continent? The contributors to a forthcoming issue of Feminsit Africa will explore questions of gender and sexuality in
“African Futurism,” a term that has gained currency since Nigerian-American novelist Nnedi Okorafor used it in a November 2018 Twitter post. Discussants explore how African Futurism has become a locally rooted cultural genre exploring how ideas about gender and sexuality in African cultures, traverse and transcend time and space. This session holds on the September 23rd at the Hannah Kudjoe Stage, with Jacqueline-Bethel Tchouta Mougoué as moderator, joined by Jenna N. Hanchey, Godfried Asante, and Arit Oku.”