Welcome to Feminist Africa 9, the second of two issues dedicated to Rethinking Universities, in which we continue the work first begun in FA1 to present and develop feminist perspectives on Africa’s institutions of higher learning. The feature articles cover a range of countries, and we are especially pleased to bring work from Francophone Africa to this issue.
As we write this editorial from Cape Town in November 2007, feminist activists and scholars around South Africa are shaking their heads over the news that the ANC Women’s League has chosen as their “preferred candidate” for the ANC presidency a man who embodies at best the conservative traditions of southern African patriarchy, and at worst its most cynically misogynist aspects.
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- Teresa Barnes and Amina Mama
"Feeling the disconnect": Teaching sexualities and gender in South African higher education
- by Jane Bennett and Vasu Reddy
Challenging gender inequality in higher education: attitudes and perceptions of teaching staff and administrators at the Univesity of Buea, Cameroon
- by Joyce B. Mbongo Endeley and Margaret Nchang Ngaling
- by Teresa Barnes
As a woman [in politics], you have to work twice as hard as the average man:
Zukiswa Mqolomba speaks with Awino Okech
Change and Transformation in Ghana's Publicy-funded Universities: A Study of Experiences, Lessons and Opportunities. Takyiwaa Manuh, Sulley Garba and Joseph Budu. Oxford:
and Gender in the Making of Nigerian University System. Charmaine Pereira. Oxford: James Currey; Ibadan: Heinemann Educational Books, 2007
- reviewed by Amina Mama
"The African University in the 21st Century", South African Journal of Higher Education 19, Special theme issue, 2005
- reviewed by Zethu Cakata
Academic Mothers. Venitha Pillay. Pretoria: Unisa Press, Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books, 2007
- reviewed by Uma Dhupelia Mesthrie
Women's Organisations Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority.
Shireen Hassim. Pietermartizburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2006
Representation & Reality: Portraits of Women's Lives in the Western Cape, 1946-1979
Helen Scanlon. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council Press, 2007
- reviewed by Sheila Meintjes
Women in South African History: Basus'iimbodoko,bawel'imilambo/ They remove boulders and cross rivers.
Nomboniso Gasa, ed.Cape Town: Human Sceinces Reserach Council Press, 2007
- reviewed by Teresa Barnes