For this daylong symposium, leading academics and activists gathered to discuss women’s rights movements in Africa and explore the successes achieved, and challenges still facing, women and men involved in African women’s social justice movements. The event explored the situation of women in the Global South against the backdrop of women’s accomplishments around the world.

In a series of three panel discussions, distinguished scholars and activists addressed key issues for continental women’s movements, including the stakes of transnational feminist engagements within and beyond the continent, the role of men in women’s social justice movements, and the the importance of intergenerational activism.

Below, Tina Campt, Debora Spar, and Leymah Gbowee offer introductory remarks: