African Feminism Discussion paper July 2022
Introduction | Global: Brief history of feminism | Continental: African Feminisms | African feminism spectrum | Charter of African Feminist Principles for African Feminists | Regional: Southern Africa | Local: South Africa | Feminist organisations in South Africa | Role of young women | Young women led feminist groups in Africa | Challenging harmful cutlural practices | The role of men | Why we still need feminism | The future of African Feminism | Questions for discussion
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Feminist and women’s rights organisations are responsible for the significant gains in advancing women’s rights over the last two centuries, however, struggles for political, social, economic and climate justice are far from over. Women are still under-represented in all areas of decision making in public and private spheres; there are still unacceptably high levels of SGBV and in many countries women still do not have autonomy over their bodies and right to make the choices about who they will marry, whether and how many children they will have, and the spacing of these.
In the US the recent overturning of the 1973 court case that gave women the right to choose to have an abortion is a stark example of the growing backlash, from conservative actors and governments, against women’s human rights.