CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR THE FIRST COLLOQUIUM ON THE LEADERSHIP OF
WOMEN IN AFRICA AND IN DIASPORA - YAOUNDÉ (CAMEROON)
JUNE 24-26 2015
Organised by the association
"African Women Leadership Colloquium" (AWLC)
in partnership with:
Colloquium on the leadership of women in Africa and in Diaspora
- Department of History of University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon)
- Faculty of Law and Political Sciences (FSJP) of the University of Dschang (Cameroon)
- Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI)-University of South Africa (UNISA) (South Africa)
- Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership" (TGSL)-University of Limpopo (South Africa)
The Colloquium, with its international orientation is an occasion that gathers around the same table theoreticians, experts and civil society actors, particularly those involved in the promotion of women leadership. This comes as a need enshrined in AU's vision 2063 for the realisation of the idea of the African Renaissance. The Colloquium will be held bi-annually to ensure a productive chain of thinking, and to enable a long standing pattern of development policies, programmes and projects of the African continent, in response to the increasing involvement of women and girls both in the African continent and those in the Diaspora.
Gender transformation has remained the weakest link in the drive for continental unity and African Renaissance partly because of a global power matrix that is marked by hierarchies on the basis of race, gender, religion, class and so forth, and partly because of what Patricia MacFadden describes as a deeply patriarchal orientation in modern African nationalism. There has been a number of efforts forged towards the improvement of the condition of women in Africa. These efforts have come from International organisations, regional organisations, non-governmental organisations and even states themselves. At that very same breath an argument has been submitted that these efforts are insufficient for the improvement of the women's conditions in Africa. It is against this background that a call for submission of abstracts is made to academics and non-academics working in areas of women development.
Broad Themes for Abstract submission
- The socio-economic condition of African women in the 21st century
- The intersection of gender, race and class in African societies
- The intersection of African culture and Women emancipation
- What is the meaning of development in African women from rural areas?
- Vision 2063 and the space for gender and development
Authors are invited to submit an abstract for individual paper proposal or a brief outline for panel proposals.
Authors are kindly requested to submit abstract of about 300 words falling under any one of the above-listed colloquium themes.
Submission must be done by no later than the
20th of April 2015
. The abstract submitted will be reviewed by the Colloquium Scientific committee, a team of international experts, and if your abstract is accepted, you will be notified before
30th of April 2015
Abstract Submission deadline is 30th of May 2015
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