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Title:Taking the Beast by its Horns: Formal Resistance to Women's Oppression in Africa
Author:Tamale, SylviaISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:21
Issue:4
Pages:5-21
Language:English
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
British Cameroons
Subjects:protest
rebellions
1958
women
Anlu uprising
Women's Issues
Economics and Trade
History and Exploration
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Equality and Liberation
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
divorce
Historical/Biographical
Status of Women
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24482766
Abstract:The present paper examines under what circumstances African women decided to resist the structures of political and gender domination they were and still are subjected to on the continent. It addresses two questions in particular: How do African women conceptualize when they have been wronged? How do they then construct a sense of entitlement in their claim for rights and in challenging formal authority? It discusses both colonial and postcolonial cases of women's resistance in sub-Saharan Africa. Two case studies of women's collective defiance during the colonial period are revisited: the 1929 women's war in Iboland, southeastern Nigeria, and the 1958/1959 Anlu rebellion in the British Cameroons. In addition the paper considers three contemporary cases of African women who have single-handedly challenged various forms of political and gender oppression and discrimination: Wambu Otieno of Kenya, Laeticia Mukurasi of Tanzania; and Unity Dow of Botswana. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French.
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