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African Women in Power/Politics – Call for Abstracts

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The African Women’s Journal Issue 8

“African Women in Power/Politics: Are we Rising?

Africa is currently home to three of the world’s twelve female heads of state. The only place in the world where parliament is dominated by women is an African country; Rwanda. Uganda boasts the youngest parliamentarian in the world, who became an MP at the age of 19. Several African countries have surpassed the 30% Beijing benchmark of women’s representation in legislatures. Additionally, the premier continental body; the African Union Commission is headed for the first time by a woman and has consistently implemented its gender parity policy at the level of Commissioners. These gains have been the result of a number of initiatives, policies, and legal instruments aimed at increasing the number and/or quality of women’s representation.

Although much progress has been made, there is still a long way to go in ensuring meaningful and equitable representation of women in the political arena. In some cases, the gains have been reversed. In what context can these reversals in certain countries and at various levels be understood?

While Africa presents some impressive statistics, what are the deeper individual and collective experiences of past, aspiring or current office holders? How do we ensure the numbers translate into effective, gender-responsive, socially just and equitable policies? Is there a defining or ideal model of female leadership by which we evaluate their performance? What are some of the persistent and structural as well as emerging obstacles and challenges women face as they engage in the political arena? How do we engage and transform existing political structures and systems (electoral commissions, political parties etc)? What is a possible forward-looking strategy for ensuring visionary, transformative leadership?

The eighth edition of the African Women’s Journal seeks to dissect political leadership by African women at all levels. Submissions may wish to focus on stock taking, personal journeys and reflections, comparative analysis, thinking and approaches to political participation and leadership of women, mapping and assessment of existing initiatives to enhance women’s leadership in politics and policy impacts/outcomes of women’s leadership. Submissions are particularly encouraged from women in or previously in power/politics, those who aspire to positions of political leadership and those who work closely in this area.

For those interested to submit articles, kindly send an ABSTRACT of your article by Monday, May 12th, 2014 to communication@femnet.or.ke copying library@femnet.or.ke with the subject; Submission – African Women’s Journal.  The abstract should be written in English or French and must not be more than 200 words.

You will be notified if your abstract has been selected. Only writers with selected abstracts will be asked to submit a full article, which must be written in English or French and should be between 1,000 to 1,500 words. The article needs to be well researched with clear referencing. Deadline for submission of FULL ARTICLE will be Friday, June 6th 2014. A few of the selected articles will have an opportunity to present at the Women in Political Leadership Convening taking place in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire from November 10-12, 2014.

Please note the following key deadlines:
Abstract should be submitted by 15th May, 2014
Full Article should be submitted by 6th June, 2014

*In Partnership with Urgent Action Fund-Africa

Access previous editions of the African Women’s Journal here –our latest ones:

Pan-Africanism & the Women’s Movement(Issue 6)
Shaping our Collective Futures: The Africa We Want(Issue 7)

Shaping Our Collective Futures – Call for Abstracts

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AWJ Image“Shaping Our Collective Futures: Agenda 2063, ICPD+20 & Post 2015

The African Women’s Journal Issue 7: July – December 2013

Much of the global development in the past decade and a half has been pegged on the Millennium Development Goals that came to be in 2000 with an expiry date of 2015. As 2015 approaches, efforts are underway to shape a global development agenda – the Post 2015 agenda – one meant to be inclusive, consultative and participatory. This agenda also encompasses work around the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, which emerged from Rio+20. Review of 20 years of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD+20), perhaps the most comprehensive global approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights, is also underway. In an unfriendly environment, will the review propel us forward, or will it have us reversing gains made 20 years prior in Cairo? As the world deliberates on these agendas, Africa is keen to shape her own – dubbed Agenda 2063. In 50 years, what kind of Africa can we envision, and then proceed to achieve?

What is the world that we want? Not only for ourselves, but for our children, and their children’s children (if we choose to have them). What are our non-negotiables? What agenda will see us truly transforming the worlds in which we live? What would it take to realize our visions? What factors will enable us not simply to survive, but to thrive?

The seventh and special edition of the African Women’s Journal will seek to address such issues. Submissions are particularly encouraged from communities whose voices have often been silenced, including, but not limited to: those living with disabilities, pastoralist communities, slum dwellers, rural, indigenous, religious or ethnic minorities.

For those interested to submit articles, kindly send an ABSTRACT of your article by Friday, September 13th, 2013 to communication@femnet.or.ke copying library@femnet.or.ke. The abstract should be written in English or French and must not be more than 200 words.

You will be notified if your abstract has been selected. Only writers with selected abstracts will be asked to submit a full article, which must be written in English or French and should be between 1,000 to 1,500 words. The article needs to be well researched with clear referencing. Deadline for submission of FULL ARTICLE will be 4th October, 2013.

Please note the following key deadlines:
Abstract should be submitted by 13th September, 2013
Full Article should be submitted by 4th October, 2013

Access previous editions of the African Women’s Journal here – including our latest on Pan-Africanism & the Women’s Movement!

Let’s keep the African Women’s Decade Alive!

Pan-Africanism & the Women’s Movement

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In this sixth issue of the African Women’s Journal, we continue to keep the African Women’s Decade Alive by stopping to take stock – What has Pan-Africanism meant for the African Women’s Movement, and likewise what has the Women’s Movement meant for Pan-Africanism? Has one impacted on the other, and in what ways? These are some of the questions that are explored in this issue.

Throughout the issue, articles point to the fact that the two: Pan-Africanism and the African Women’s movements work hand in hand and are in fact, inseparable, one cannot move without the other – as Sankara asserts – both are a necessity for the triumph of the revolution.

We open the Journal with “Pan-Africanism” a poetry piece by Nebila that reflects on what Pan-Africanism is[nt] followed by a piece by Semiha who takes a critical look at the parallels between Pan-Africanism and the African Women’s Movement, and how the latter has furthered the former. Norah shares the hostile context in which FEMNET was birthed 25 years ago, and what FEMNET means to both Pan-Africanism and the women’s movement. Gbenga explores the role of new media technologies in facilitating solidarity, shrinking time and space, advancing the agenda of both movements and provides concrete recommendations for Africa’s Agenda 2063.

Tsitsi argues that Botswana remains a democracy mainly reserved for only half of its population; the men. Camalita examines the case of South Africa – as ‘Freedom Day’ is commemorated every year on the 27th of April, is there really cause to celebrate? Jamillah and Linda argue that Pan-Africanism has contributed greatly to defining what the women’s movement will be to able do for African women as it gives them a sense of common identity and operates within their context. Sara delves into the Gender dimensions in discussing and implementing development – isn’t Pan-Africanism about self-sufficiency and control over our own resources?

Access the full journal here.  Send your feedback to communication@femnet.or.ke and library@femnet.or.ke

Our Call for Abstracts for the next issue – Shaping our Collective Futures is out! Submit before 13th of September!