This month oD 50.50's platform Our Africa
launches a special collaboration with Africa’s leading gender studies journal Feminist Africa.
Series editors Jessica Horn and Simidele Dosekun explain the thinking
Today the structures that sustain oppression
exhibit an impressive level of transnational collaboration. Where to then for
local and transnational social movements committed to challenging this
oppression, and advancing feminism and gender equality?
Congo's women survivors, standing in solidarity with Dr
Mukwege and his staff at Panzi hospital, have become donors to their own cause
and catalysts for deep social change. Who is standing alongside them and the hospital patients to ensure
that their transformative work continues?
“Sometimes we need to name the abnormal as abnormal, and take action to defend what is normal!” - Shereen Essof. Jessica Horn reports at the close of the Nobel Women's Initiative conference, 'Women Forging a New Security: ending sexual violence in conflict'
through analysis on Our
Africa over the past year is a recognition and interrogation of women as
authors and innovators of culture, as agents of history, and as complex
political actors. These rich and sometimes surprising counter- narratives are
good news amidst the kaleidoscope of global challenges, argues Jessica Horn
As the 2012 International AIDS Conference gathers to review “the
science”, Jessica Horn examines the powerful role of faith-healing in
African communities affected by HIV and AIDS, and asks why there is
still so little policy and activist action on the issue.
conversation with Jessica Horn, a leading Malian women’s rights activist
identifies the roots of the crisis in
Mali, and the opportunistic use of the crisis by Malian and international
Islamic fundamentalists to gain a popular foothold in the north of the country
In the company of souls departed and souls vibrantly alive, Jessica Horn reflects on the significance of the lives of Nobel laureates Leymah Gbowee and the late Wangari Maathai, and the transgressive power of African women on a mission.
On the launch of Our Africa, co-editor Jessica Horn reflects on the lives of two formidable Africans, Wambui Otieno Mbugua and Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and the intellectual and political ground opened by African women.
Alongside powerful arguments against militarism, we are hearing an increasingly significant voice from within the security sector, including women in uniform, working on ways to improve the security sector’s own understanding and response to issues of women’s rights and security. Jessica Horn reports on the debates at the Nobel Women's Initiative conference.
Hope may be a rare word in the discourse of realpolitik that frames much official discussion on conflict and security today. It is certainly not counted amongst the quantifiable resources in security or peacebuilding budgets. And yet it is a word that I have heard consistently over the past two days of the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference.....
“There is a reason that international institutions have been so slow to move on this agenda - it is because impunity begins at home!”- Joanne Sandler, deputy director, UN Women. Jessica Horn reports from the Nobel Women's Initiative conference on ending sexual violence against women.
How far do our post-conflict reconstruction efforts go when it comes to addressing the trauma and loss that women and girls experience during conflict? Jessica Horn reports ahead of the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference on ending sexual violence in conflict
Where does feminism fit in our narrative of African experience? What is the vision of Africa’s ‘lionesses’- feminist thinkers and doers? Jessica Horn reflects on the opening of the third African Feminist Forum
A growing movement of African Christians are making waves at home and abroad with their ultra conservative interpretations of scripture. Far from a naïve embrace of conventional norms or a faithful embrace of scripture, these interpretations are emerging as clear political choices and are undermining women's rights struggles across the African continent