Women's Activism in South Africa: Working Across Divides
Women's Activism in South Africa provides the most comprehensive collection of women's experiences within civil society since the 1994 transition. This book captures South African women's stories of collective activism and social change at a crucial point for the future of democracy in the country, if not the continent. Pulling together the voices of activists and scholars, South Africa's path to democracy and the assurance of gender rights emerge as a complex journey of both successes and challenges. The collection elucidates a new form of pragmatic feminism, building upon the elasticity between the state and civil society. What the cases demonstrate is that while the state itself may not be a panacea, it still represents a key source of power and the primary locus of vital resources, including the rights of citizenship, access to basic needs, and the promise of protection from gender-based violence - all central to women's particular needs in South Africa.
University of KwaZulu-Natal press
Scottsville, South Africa
Activism, Feminism, History (South Africa), Social change, Women
African History | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History of Gender | Women's History | Women's Studies
Britton, Hannah; Fish, Jennifer; and Meintjes, Sheila, "Women's Activism in South Africa: Working Across Divides" (2009). Women's Studies Faculty Books. 3.