GDP tool and model is macho and masks inequalities – especially gendered inequalities. 

In this article, I agree with Nyanungo’s perspective by challenging cultural expectations and their sometimes contradictory actions; examining the imbalance between the disciplinarian and caring roles that cultural mothers have.

Feminism is political, seeking to influence, shape and exercise a degree of power over events in order to further the interests of different types of women.

 We are particularly interested in a photo essay that depict how young women on the continent express themselves through photography. The photo essay should help our readers see how such patterns have possibly changed over years.

In very general terms, feminism as a radical thinking/conceptual tradition has deliberately ruptured the boundaries of conventional, often reactionary knowledge production everywhere it has been practiced, and has challenged convention as an ideological practice, by arguing for a politics of transformation and of daily life.

By Margaret Chipara and Gibson Ncube - “If we are to free ourselves from the dead weight that has once again been made out of femaleness, it is not ballots or lobbyists or placards that women will need first; it is a new way to see” Naomi Wolf (1990: 19).

I recently visited an Indian family who live in my neighbourhood. It was an early evening visit and the family was preparing dinner. I couldn’t help noticing three women in the kitchen, running around, preparing food and drinks. I later learnt that the three were the granny, the lady of the house, and her daughter (who I think may be about 15 years old). In the living room I noticed six men sitting around the dining table, playing cards, relaxed and chatting.

I often feel defied by the reflection of my own body when I look in the mirror, because what I see in the mirror brings me to the realisation, whether I am conscious about it or not, that like most young African women I have little or no control over my own body and sexuality.

Fashion is viewed by some as retrograde, profligate, superficial, even anti-feminist, while others have a deep passion for fashion and describe themselves as ‘fashion addicts’ or ‘fashion junkies’. Fashion – being a largely female dominated sphere – generally affects women’s lives more than it does men’s. Drawing on Erik Erikson’s theory of development and identity formation in which an individual’s development spans his or her lifetime, this paper explores the different ways in which women’s identities are shaped by, and expressed through, fashion.

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