Wagadu: a Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies

Articles from Vol. 6, Winter

Acceptance: Living with HIV/AIDS: An Interview with Video Producer Paul Van der Veur
"HIV is in our blood, it's not in the mind.""We want people living with the virus to go to the schools to teach the kids.""You have to have a healthy life, please."The voices of three Namibian women, Acceptance: Living With HIV/AIDSPaul van der Veur...
Accessing Housing Finance in South Africa: The Role of Women Activism
AbstractWomen's history in South Africa is replete with examples of exclusion, discrimination, and marginalization. The transition to democracy in 1994 and inclusion of gender equality in the post-apartheid constitution in 1996 were seen as steps in...
A Puppet on a String: The Manipulation and Nationalization of the Female Body in the "Female Circumcision Crisis" of Colonial Kenya
The 1920s were years of growing resistance to colonial rule in Kenya. Kenyans were reacting to the oppressive nature of British rule, and especially to the confining boundaries that British officials had drawn for them in the political, economic, and...
Drawing from the Wells of Culture: Grace Onyango and the Kenyan Political Scene (1964-1983)
AbstractThis paper examines the career of Grace Onyango in a bid to recover the history of independent Kenya's most prominent female politician. To find success as a politician, Onyango had to have an understanding of the interplay between her ethnic...
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything across Italy, India and Indonesia
Review Of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search For Everything Across Italy, India And Indonesia By Elizabeth Gilbert. Penguin Group. New York, New York. 2006.Elizabeth Gilbert reveals her innermost thoughts in Eat, Pray, Love, sharing personal experiences...
Editorial
It is not enough just to open the door to the rooms of power - we have to get inside and rearrange the furniture! "Mama Mongella"iiiVolume 6 of Wagadu presents a broad spectrum of papers on women's activism in Africa in collaboration with the Journal...
From the Revolution to the Maquiladores: Gender, Labor, and Globalization in Nicaragua
Review of From the Revolution to the Maquiladores: Gender, Labor, and Globalization in Nicaragua by Jennifer Bickham Mendez. Duke University Press.In 1994, a small group of women in post-revolutionary Nicaragua founded an organization called Maria Elena...
Gender and Ethnicity in Banda's Malawi
AbstractDuring his thirty year reign in Malawi Kamuzu Banda built a state mythology and ideology of development based on constructions of gender and ethnicity that promised no future and little economic change for the majority of the population. The...
Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali
Review of Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway and John Bidwell, Consulting Editor (Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc., 2007).Monique and the Mango Rains narrates a friendship that develops between the author,...
"Still Seeking for Something": The Unspeakable (Loss) in "Passing"
I am saturnine - bereft - disconsolate,The Prince of Aquitaine whose tower has crumbled;My lone star is dead - and my bespangled luteBears the Black Sun of Melancholia.Gérard de Nerval, El Desdichado1The Melancholic SoulsIn his famous essay "Mourning...
The Autonomy of Ugandan Women's Organizations: How It Matters in Creating and Maintaining a Dependable Democracy
AbstractFor African nations "independence" from colonial rule seemed a long-awaited time that would re-establish and/ or introduce democracy. In 1962 Uganda embraced "independence" from colonial rule with both arms. However, practices of poor governance,...
Women and Leadership Positions: Social and Cultural Barriers to Success
AbstractWomen continue to aspire for leadership positions in all spheres of governance in both the public and private sector. However it has not been easy. The paper will examine the many challenges women still face in taking leadership positions with...
Working with Gender: Wage Labor and Social Change in Southwestern Nigeria
Review Of Working With Gender: Wage Labor And Social Change In Southwestern Nigeria By Lisa A. Lindsay, Heinemann, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2003.Lindsay has written an excellent book that offers empirical validity to prevailing theories that ideas...
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