African Women’s Rights and Resilience

Leymah Gbowee and others

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, Barnard College hosts a daylong symposium with Barnard Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice Leymah Gbowee. Leading academics and activists 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.

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

Reception will follow. Event is free and open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Co-sponsored by Africana Studies Department, Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard Center for Research on Women, Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies, Gbowee Peace Foundation USA, and the Office of the President.


Wednesday, March 12

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Panel 1: Women’s Rights and Transnational Feminisms
  • Amina Mama
  • Abigail Disney
  • Sylvia Tamale
  • Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi
  • Tina Campt (Moderator)

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Panel 2: African Men and Feminisms Panel
  • Samuel Doe
  • Mohamed Yahya
  • Abena Busia (Moderator)

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Lunch Break

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Panel 3: Intergenerational Organizing
  • Leymah Gbowee
  • Hakima Abbas
  • Simidele Dosekun
  • Spectra
  • Jimmy Briggs (Moderator)

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Closing Reception

Gbowee Peace Foundation