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The Gender Politics of the Namibian Liberation Struggle

by Martha Akawa

Women's contributions against apartheid under the auspices of the Namibian liberation movement SWAPO and their personal experiences in exile take center stage in this study. Male and female leadership structures in exile are analysed whilst the sexual politics in the refugee camps and the public imagery of female representation in SWAPO's nationalism receive special attention. The party's public pronouncements of women empowerment and gender equality are compared to the actual implementations of gender politics during and after the liberation struggle.

ISBN 9783905758269 | 246 pages | 244 x 170 mm | 2014 | Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Namibia | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9783905758504


“It is my contention that unless we rewrite history from a woman’s perspective and by ourselves, we will not have a complete recollection of our past and be in a position to negotiate a space on the independence agenda. Martha Akawa has made us aware of this responsibility and asks of us what legacy we as women who fought in the liberation struggles will leave to future generations of women?”

Advocate Bience Gawanas, Windhoek



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