“If Good Food is Cooked in One Country, We Will All Eat from It”: Women and Civil Society in Africa

Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS, volume 20)


Women across Africa have engaged civil society as a site of collective action to mobilize for advancements in social status, economic opportunities, and political representation. Although the methods used have varied across time and space, women across the continent have harnessed the power of civil society, both directly and covertly, to organize for their progress. This chapter examines the many ways in which women have used the civil sphere to carve out a space for themselves in other sectors of society. It also examines the emerging pattern of feminist mobilization across national boundaries and the attendant development of regional networks for cross-national policy diffusion, which pressure national governments to implement reforms in legislation.


Civil Society African Woman Southern African Development Community African National Congress Civil Society Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International Political AnalysisUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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