February 25, 2009
Sponsored by African Studies Program and
Women's Studies Research Center
"Women, Peacemaking and Power in Africa"
a talk by Dr. Aili Tripp
The presentation will look at why almost all post-conflict countries in Africa have double the rates of legislative representation of women compared with countries that have not undergone conflict. Moreover, these countries tend to have been more open to passing legislation and making constitutional changes relating to women's rights. The end of major civil conflicts since the 1990s from South Africa to Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia and Sierra Leone opened up new opportunities for women activists. The talk examines the broader international context of these changes, the role of women's movements, and the opportunities for women that emerged with the decline of conflict. The talk is based on both comparative research across Africa as well as fieldwork in Uganda, Liberia and Angola.
Aili Mari Tripp is Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also director of the Women's Studies Research Center. She has co-authored with Isabel Casimiro, Joy Kwesiga and Alice Mungwa a book entitled African Women's Movements: Transforming Political Landscapes (Cambridge University Press 2009). Recently she completed a book manuscript Museveni's Uganda: Paradoxes of Power. Tripp co-edits the journal Politics & Gender as well as a book series on Women in Africa and the Diaspora for the University of Wisconsin Press.