Pan-Africanism & the Women’s Movement
In this sixth issue, 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 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?