20 April 2015
The Political Economy of Productive Urban Space

It is therefore quite telling that women, globally and in Africa in particular, continue to be marginalised through historical and contemporary spatial organisation that create access barriers to public space. This “spatial marginalisation” has a negative impact on not only their political and social expression, but also, as I will argue in this paper, their ability to generate livelihoods in an urban context. 

19 April 2015
©Syldavia, African Woman Sewing in a street market

The author argues that in transnational split families with absentee fathers, non-migrant women and children pay a high price as they disproportionately shoulder the emotional loses which are part of the high and often hidden costs of migration. Some of the costs which families endure are more tangible and straight forward in nature. 

18 April 2015
Small shop owner counting up the total of goods being sold in her shop, which se

What is of interest under this topic is the sterling performance and resilience of women who work in today’s economy. This is in spite of the multiple daily limitations they face at their place of work. They create employment in contexts where the formal economy cannot provide jobs for the majority of people who are less skilled and who are thus casualties of the capitalist system. 

30 March 2015

In the last issue of Buwa, Hleziphi Naomi Nyanungo wrote a poignant fictional dialogue between the older feminist movement and the younger generation which is coming up in the movement.  This piece was relevant, not just for the feminist movement, but for females – young and old – in various spheres of life.  The dialogue brought into question some cultural, parental and social dynamics which need to be addressed sooner rather than later.  In this article, I agree with Nyanungo’s perspective

30 March 2015

Regardless of the reason to enter sex work, the most important thing to understand – and at times it seems as though it is the hardest thing to convince others of – is that sex work is a choice! What is not a choice is the abuse, brutality, rape and death that so many sex workers face because they choose to enter a profession that is not protected by the law.

30 March 2015

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (2009:4) points out, ‘the scourge of violence against women in Africa particularly is still largely hidden’ due to assumptions that it is a private matter and/or an acceptable cultural norm, given women’s subordination to men and the lack of appropriate institutional responses and government support for victims and gender equality. 

30 March 2015

Sadly, the labour is done mainly by children. Research shows that Congolese girl-children are increasingly being involved in this sector, with dire and worrying consequences. Basic survival overrules all else and human rights are neither respected nor protected, especially the rights of the girl-child. 

30 March 2015

Women smallholder farmers are no doubt the key drivers of the agricultural economy in Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) notes that women comprise 80 percent of the agricultural labour force in Africa (FAO, 2009)

30 March 2015

Large-scale land deals have been a recurrent phenomenon in sub-Saharan Africa, especially since 2008, with a new face which is conjured around land access in Africa. This has been triggered by the proliferation of large multinational companies from the West, other parts of Africa and Asia whose primary interest now rests in land accumulation in Africa so as to grow flex crops.

30 March 2015

Why a Critical Feminist Gender Discourse on Rights and Resources is More Important Now than Ever Before.

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