Feminist Africa

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Feminist Africa  
Cover of Feminist Africa, issue 11 (2008).jpg
Discipline gender studies, African studies
Language English
Edited by Amina Mama
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Once or twice a year
License Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5
Standard abbreviations
Fem. Afr.
ISSN 1726-4596
OCLC no. 53869360

Feminist Africa is a peer-reviewed academic journal that addresses feminist topics from an "African continental perspective".[1] It is published by the African Gender Institute (University of Cape Town).[2] Its founding editor-in-chief is Amina Mama (Mills College and University of California, Davis).[3] It was accredited in 2005 by the South African Department of Education.[4] This allows authors publishing in the journal to collect publication subsidy.[4] The journal is primarily online but also distributes a small number of print copies.[4]


According to Mama, the journal was created partly in response to a bias in existing scholarship towards the "Women In Development" (WID) perspective. Particular topics covered by the journal include: women's activism, sexism in higher education, militarism and peace, and gender-related violence.[5][6] Patricia van der Spuy and Lindsay Clowes write that the publication of the journal marked an important step in the development of South African feminism.[7] Iris Berger has critiqued the journal (as an indicator of contemporary African feminism in general) for leaving out colonial and precolonial African women's history.[8]

Feminist Africa is the first "continental" African gender studies journal.[5][9] The journal publishes works by African scholars in America and discusses the situation of intellectuals across the African diaspora.[10][11] These international contributors have raised the journal's profile but barred it from receiving Department of Education subsidies.[4] Feminist Africa does not receive funds from the University of Cape Town (although it is edited by salaried UCT workers) and relies on sponsorship by international donors—particularly the Ford Foundation and Hivos.[4][12]

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  1. ^ Groves, Sharon (2003). "News and Views". Feminist Studies. 29 (3): 673–675. JSTOR 3178734.
  2. ^ Guy-Sheftall, Beverly (2003). "African Feminist Discourse: A Review Essay". Agenda. 58: 31–36. JSTOR 4548092.
  3. ^ "Amina Mama" on SSRC (Social Science Research Council), accessed 24 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e Gray, Eve; Willmers, Michelle (February 2009). "Case Study 2: Feminist Africa" (PDF). OpeningScholarship Project. Retrieved 31 October 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Amina Mama, "what does it mean to do feminist research in African contexts?", Feminist Theory & Activism in Global Perspective: feminist review conference proceedings, 2011, DOI: 0141-7789/11.
  6. ^ Sharon Groves, "News and Views", Feminist Studies 29(3), Fall 2003; accessed via ProQuest.
  7. ^ Van der Spuy, Patricia; Lindsay Clowes (2007). "Accidental Feminists? Recent Histories of South African Women". Kronos: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Synthesis. 33: 211–235. JSTOR 41056589.
  8. ^ Iris Berger, "Feminism, Patriarchy, and African Women’s History", Journal of Women's History 20(2), Summer 2008, doi: 10.1353/jowh.0.0004.
  9. ^ "International Feminist Scholar Teams With U.S. Congresswoman Lee", NewsBlaze, 8 February 2008.
  10. ^ Karen MacGregor, "Out of Africa", Times Higher Education, 1 July 2005.
  11. ^ See Feminist Africa 7, December 2007, particularly the editorial introduction by Rhoda Reddock: "The journal Feminist Africa has come an important voice for feminists and scholars within the continent, making a space for continental voices in a world dominated by voices from the North including those of diasporic women. The publication of this issue from within the continent and edited by a woman from the economic South is an important development which opens up new possibilities for South-South collaboration and debate within the African diaspora. But the diasporic experience is not limited to those of African descent and must include all those who share and inhabit these diasporic spaces. Many parts of the world are today becoming spaces of inter-locking diasporic communities for example from Asia, Africa, China, Europe and even the Middle East" (pp. 4-5).
  12. ^ "Acknowledgement of Funders", Feminist Africa website, accessed 26 October 2012.

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