Understanding gender and social change in Africa

Nordic Africa Days is the biennial international conference of the Nordic Africa Institute. This year it will take place in Uppsala on 23-24 September. The theme is Gender and Change: Global Challenges for Africa. We welcome the submission of paper abstracts by 29 April.

“With this conference we want to support both Nordic countries as well as many African countries’ commitment to women’s rights by providing an understanding of how gender equality and awareness is progressing, as well as identifying issues that still needs to be worked on”, NAI director Iina Soiri explains.

Perspectives from the NAI Library collection
Retrospection lends perspective. In 1995, the gender and development approach – gender for short – was formally endorsed by governments, donor organisations and aid agencies at the 4th UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. The strategy known as “gender mainstreaming” was devised by aid agencies to promote a gender perspective throughout government and donor programmes. In 2000, the UN Millennium Development Goal number 3 reinforced the commitments made in Beijing by calling for the active promotion of “gender equality and the empowerment of women.” And with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gender equality is endorsed in goal number 5 that states “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

Åsa Lund Moberg, head of the NAI Library, can see a clear change over time in the library’s collection of official documents from Africa, perhaps as a result of the Beijing conference.

“If we search under the terms gender or women, we see an increase in the proportion of official documents devoted to these themes from 3 per cent before 2000 to 11 per cent from 2000 onwards,” says Lund Moberg.

Our librarians have some ready-made searches in the NAI library’s AfricaLit Plus search tool.

Search all resources using keyword gender equality

Search using keyword gender equality, narrowed down to government publications in the NAI library

Search using keyword women*, narrowed down to government publications in the NAI library

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