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Title:Rethinking gender and violence
Editor:Bennett, JaneISNI
Periodical:Feminist Africa (ISSN 1726-460X)
Geographic term:Africa
External link:http://www.agi.ac.za/agi/feminist-africa/14/
Abstract:This issue of 'Feminist Africa' takes stock of some contemporary thinking on gender and violence. The four feature articles tackle both 'old' and 'newer' questions. Eva Ayiera (Urgent Action Fund, Kenya) critiques international discourses on 'conflict' and 'gender', arguing that sexual violence in conflict situations remains intractable primarily because of how the problem is conceptualized and thus the approaches to a solution programmed around it. Jane Bennett (African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town) discusses the range of theoretical approaches to violence and gender dynamics in African feminist work, especially contemporary approaches to LGBTI strategic thinking. Fatima Sadiqi (University of Morocco) examines North Africa's current situation in terms of tackling domestic violence. Anu Pillay (Head of Mission, Medica Mondiale, Liberia) writes about her feminist activism in three different settings - the response to violence against women in South Africa, the interfaith work spearheaded by women in India, and community mobilization and transformation in Liberia. Less dominant discourses around gender and violence are represented in the Standpoint and two In Conversation pieces. Adelene Africa (University of Cape Town), in 'Murderous women'?, thinks critically about women as capable of violence and as people too long constructed simply as 'mad', 'bad' or 'sad' if they deploy aggression or organize violent action against others. Godwin Murunga (University of Kenyatta) talks with Jane Bennett about the politics of masculinities studies and African feminisms, rejecting simple dichotomies of 'men-as-violent/women-as-targets', stressing the damage done to men and boys by militarization and 'flawed processes of socialization'. Pauline Dempers (Breaking the Walls of Silence, Namibia) talks with Yaliwe Clarke about her ideas on peacebuilding which are rooted in her experiences as an ex-combatant in the Namibian liberation struggle. The issue also includes profiles of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (Cape Town, South Africa), by Irma Maharaj, and Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), the only exclusively lesbian, bisexual and transgender organization in Uganda, by its director, Kasha Jacqueline. [ASC Leiden abstract]