Focus on feminism

African feminism will be in the local spotlight when Professor Amina Mama delivers the 18th annual Caribbean Women: Catalysts for Change lecture in memory of the late Dame Nita Barrow.

This public lecture, hosted by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit, will take place on Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in Lecture Theatre One of the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex of the UWI, Cave Hill Campus.

The lecture, titled Post-Colonial Feminism in Africa and Beyond offers a unique opportunity for the Barbadian public to learn about feminist movements in Africa and their connections with a global women’s movement. Mama will discuss the challenges and changes facing women’s movements across the continent and their diverse strategies for activist and scholarly engagement.

Mama is a widely published Nigerian feminist researcher, scholar, and feminist activist. She spent 10 years as the first chair in Gender Studies, developing the University of Cape Town’s African Gender Institute as a continental resource dedicated to transformative teaching and research in Gender and Women’s Studies.

She has since spent two years as the first Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair at Mills College, before accepting the position of Director of Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is founding editor of the peer-reviewed African journal of gender studies, Feminist Africa. A frequent visitor to the Caribbean, Mama has worked across the African continent as well as in European and US institutions.

The Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit is sending a special invitation to students and youth organisations and women’s and men’s groups.

All are invited.

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