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Reflections on the Strategies Used by Women's Organisations since the 1985 Nairobi Conference

Hope Chigudu
Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
No. 69, Nairobi + 21 (2006), pp. 26-34
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. on behalf of Agenda Feminist Media
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4066809
Page Count: 9
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Reflections on the Strategies Used by Women's Organisations since the 1985 Nairobi Conference
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Abstract

History is pretty useless if it does not give us a basis to explain the present in which we find ourselves. History must also show us how to overwhelm the negativity to find a positive path; it should nurture our spirit. This briefing attempts to indicate how women of Africa, working in their organisations and movements have worked hard to overwhelm the negativity created by patriarchy, poverty, imperialism, debt crisis, unfair trade, the HIV and AIDS pandemic, wars and conflict, dehumanisation and many other political, economic and social hardships. Women and their organisations have challenged the fundamental ways in which their societies have been unequally structured by organising differently. This paper summarises selected unique strategies women's organisations have used to contribute towards the realisation of equality, development and peace and ends by indicating areas where more work is needed.

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