Gender, Development, and Democratization in Africa

Gender, Development, and Democratization in Africa Gender, Development, and Democratization in Africa 1 LISA AUBREY ¤ ABSTRACT This paper queries the link between gender, development, and democratization in Africa while focussing on ongoing political transitions in Kenya and Ghana. This paper looks speciŽ cally at the marginalization of women in the public life of politics, while men continue to both control state structures and determine the neophytes in the public domain. It also looks at speciŽ c women leaders in Kenya and Ghana who traverse the public and private domains, pointing to the artiŽ ciality of that dichotomy. This paper also interrogates whether or not this dawn of political transitions can bring democracy back in without bringing women in, with the same equal citizenship rights as men. The paper also demonstrates how this query is relevant in evolving democracies, as well as in sustained liberal democracies. The public life of politics in postcolonial Africa is rigidly gendered. In formal institutions and arenas of governance, and in decision and public policy making, women remain marginal actors. Even in the 1990s decade of evolving political transitions from civilian autocracies and military dictatorships to “democracies” of varying hues, the majority of women remained relative outsiders to this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) Brill

Gender, Development, and Democratization in Africa

Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) , Volume 36 (1): 87 – Jan 1, 2001

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Brill
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© 2001 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0021-9096
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1568-5217
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10.1163/156852101300143109
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Gender, Development, and Democratization in Africa 1 LISA AUBREY ¤ ABSTRACT This paper queries the link between gender, development, and democratization in Africa while focussing on ongoing political transitions in Kenya and Ghana. This paper looks speciŽ cally at the marginalization of women in the public life of politics, while men continue to both control state structures and determine the neophytes in the public domain. It also looks at speciŽ c women leaders in Kenya and Ghana who traverse the public and private domains, pointing to the artiŽ ciality of that dichotomy. This paper also interrogates whether or not this dawn of political transitions can bring democracy back in without bringing women in, with the same equal citizenship rights as men. The paper also demonstrates how this query is relevant in evolving democracies, as well as in sustained liberal democracies. The public life of politics in postcolonial Africa is rigidly gendered. In formal institutions and arenas of governance, and in decision and public policy making, women remain marginal actors. Even in the 1990s decade of evolving political transitions from civilian autocracies and military dictatorships to “democracies” of varying hues, the majority of women remained relative outsiders to this

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