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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Seminar für Afrikawissenschaften

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät | Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften | Seminar für Afrikawissenschaften | Allgemeine Termine | 18. Juni Afrikakolloquium: "Beijing Created a War between the Sexes" - Transnational Gender Politics in Rwanda after '94

18. Juni Afrikakolloquium: "Beijing Created a War between the Sexes" - Transnational Gender Politics in Rwanda after '94

Wann 18.06.2014 von 18:00 bis 19:30 (Europe/Vienna / UTC200) iCal
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Following the gender-specific genocide that shocked the world in 1994, Rwanda’s gender politics has made significant strides towards securing rights for women. Despite noteworthy progress, these have been contested and remain controversial.

One of the most significant events after the genocide to have impacted women’s participation and mobilisation took place at the Fourth World Women’s Conference in Beijing. Whereas the United Nations’ conference and its parallel NGO Forum represent a landmark for women’s movements across the globe, it has left a particularly lasting impression on Rwandan gender equality advocates. They grappled with the consequences of an armed conflict that tore through the tiny African state, which rattled normative frameworks as well as political structures in its course. Gender politics was not immune to this crisis. In a country, where even the former Minister of Women and Family was involved in the genocide’s terror, developments around the conference process presented new opportunities to refashion gender politics locally with a view to influence gender relations. Hence, the talk explores which (if any) ‘war between the sexes’ was unleashed and how it has been conducted. 

 

Dr. Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel

is a Research Fellow in Development and Gender Studies at Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. Her current research project, part of the larger programme on Africa’s Asian Options (AFRASO), investigates gender politics in the ambit of ongoing Sino-African relations. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph titled UN-paralleled Representation: Transnational Gender Politics in Rwanda. Farnham/Burlington: Ashgate.

 

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