Pathways to African Feminism and Development - Volume 1, Issue 3, December 2015

Editors: 

Editor in Chief

Prof Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Professor of Law, Department of Private Law University of Nairobi

ISSUE EDITOR

Dr Mary Lucia Mbithi, School of Economics, University of Nairobi

Editorial Board

Prof Henry Indangasi, Professor of Literature, University of Nairobi

Dr Margaret Jesang Hutchinson, Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection

Prof Maria Nzomo, Director, Institute of Diplomacy & International Studies, University of Nairobi

Dr Daniel Ichang’i, College of Biological & Physical Sciences, University of Nairobi

Prof Zipporah Ngumi, Professor, Department of Surgery, College of Health, University of Nairobi

Dr Kennedy Omoke, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi

Prof Migai Aketch, Professor School of Law, University of Nairobi

Prof Ciarunji Chesaina, Professor of Literature, University of Nairobi

Dr Grace Omoni, Director, School of Nursing, University of Nairobi

Mrs. Anna Petkova Mwangi, Department of Literature, University of Nairobi

Prof Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira, Professor of Literature & Director, African Women’s Studies

Centre, University of Nairobi

Prof Elishiba Kimani, Gender and Development Studies, Kenyatta University

Prof Philomena Mwaura, Dept. of Philosophy & Religious Studies/Director, Centre for Gender Equity and Empowerment, Kenyatta University

 

                              From the Editor’s Desk
                               -Anna Petkova Mwangi

Welcome to issue No 3 of Pathways to African Feminism and Development, the Journal of the African Women’s
Studies Centre (AWSC), the University of Nairobi.
Being multidisciplinary in nature, women’s studies can be viewed from the point of view of many different
academic disciplines, for example, Anthropology or Political Science. On the other hand, Women’s Studies is
also interdisciplinary, that is, it combines knowledge and methodology from across many academic disciplines.
Its field of academic study, research and praxis is also interdisciplinary since its concern is to examine gender as
a social and cultural construct; the social status and contributions of women to the socio-cultural, economic and
political status; social justice and power. The Women’s Studies approach puts women in the centre of inquiry,
informing knowledge through their experience and perspectives which means that traditional concepts regarding
men and women must be challenged and amended.
The inclusion of women transforms the nature of knowledge and the means of producing knowledge. It aims to
learn about the status of women in society and suggest ways to improve it; to find out how institutions in the
society affect women, critically analyze the results and propose creative solutions for issues on a local level and
globally; to critically deliberate about patterns of privilege and discrimination, including power and power
imbalance, and propose suitable solutions and, finally, to help women improve their writing and speaking skills
so as to gain new insights and be able to express their knowledge and ideas, thus empowering self and others.
Consequently, the AWSC Journal endeavours to provide a forum where different aspects of women studies and
feminist theories and praxis can be brought to light for critical examination and exchange of knowledge and
experience. While the theme of the first issue of Pathways to African Feminism and Development was Same
Story: Different Narratives, the theme of issue No 2 was Women and Food Security. The theme of the current
issue is Women in Literature. By its interdisciplinary nature Literature relates closely to Women’s Studies. It
concerns itself with societal norms of gender, race, class, sexuality, and other social inequalities and their effect
on the individual and family relations within these norms and institutions.
This issue offers a feminist critique on the representation of women in Li terature by both male and female
authors. The focus is on traditional and modern constructs of the role of the women within the family and the
society. It questions why masculinity is valued higher than femininity and points out how this gender ranking
reinforces sexism. The struggle that women have to go through so as to stop being doormats and claim their
place as equal to their men folk, has clearly been exposed. Finally, there is an overview of Kenyan women’s
perceptions of marriage within an African set up and its implications on the recognition of their self-identity and
rights as wives and members of the society.

Contibutors:

  1. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira
  2. Mikhail Gromov
  3. Monica Mweseli
  4. Alina Nikolaevna Rinkanya
  5. Wafula Yenjela
  6. Jackie Ojiambo
  7. Kanyi Thiong’o
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Message from the Director

 

Prof. Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira, EBS

Director,

African Women's Studies Centre

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