Global Resources

Shaping our collective futures: the Africa we want

Author: N Abdulmelik (ed)
Publication Date: Jul 2013

In 50 years, what kind of Africa can we envision, and then proceed to achieve? What are the non-negotiables? What agenda will see a true transformation of the world in which we live? What factors will enable us to not simply survive, but to thrive? This seventh edition of the African Women's Journal seeks to address these questions and more, featuring six articles examining different aspects of Africa’s development, past and future, within the context of global negotiations to replace the development paradigm of the last 15 years: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The editorial to this edition, written by Nebila Abdulmelik, contextualises the issue with an introduction to the current state of affairs. With the approaching expiration of the MDGs, the development of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the African vision of their own long-term development ambitions, dubbed ‘Agenda 2063’. Following this, Dinah Musindarwezo contributes the foreword, briefly outlining the non-negotiable nature of human rights, equality, rule of law, and accountability, as well as calling for both a stand-alone gender goal and cross-cutting gender mainstreaming to be present in the post-2015 development agreement.

The featured authors and articles are: an historical account by Camalita, who takes us back 100 years to the Silent struggles of South African women that still persist today; Kizito making the case for the critical importance of a free, gender-sensitive media to advance gender equality and human and social development; Sian exploring the body as political, and as a weapon in the struggle for women’s rights in Zimbabwe, arguing that repression of women and their rights has (ironically) led to alternative social movements or resistance; Gbenga taking a look at whether or not inclusive education using information, communication technologies (ICTs) is a reality or a myth for students with disabilities in Nigeria; Nelly, who takes a look at Agenda 2063 and what factors would ensure that it lays the groundwork for an integrated, prosperous and influential Africa; and Botlhalhe, who addresses emerging post-2015 development agenda.

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