Gender, Protests and Political Change in Africa

  • Awino Okech

Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change book series (GDSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Awino Okech
    Pages 1-11
  3. Awino Okech
    Pages 13-34
  4. Wadeisor Rukato
    Pages 35-60
  5. Princess Mpelo Malebye
    Pages 61-80
  6. Radwa Saad, Sara Soumaya Abed
    Pages 81-106
  7. Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh
    Pages 131-147
  8. Patrick Hajayandi
    Pages 149-172
  9. Felogene Anumo, Awuor Onyango
    Pages 201-224
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 225-258

About this book


“This edited collection elevates the complexities and contradictions of social movement dynamics and outcomes. … No doubt this book will be relevant for a long time as protests and social movements become hallmarks of our common political struggles of resistance and resilience. I see activists reading this book and self-checking on how the social movements they have been a part of have delivered for ‘the common good!’”

Ndana Bofu-Tawamba, Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund Africa, Kenya

“A thought-provoking edited collection that examines contemporary dissent and resistance to authoritarianism in Africa through the intersection of youth, gender and transformation. … It should be widely read by scholars, activists and politicians globally.”

Cheryl Hendricks, Africa Institute of South Africa, Human Sciences Research Council

This book brings together conceptual debates on the impact of youth-hood and  gender on state building in Africa. It offers contemporary and interdisciplinary  analyses on the role of protests as an alternative route for citizens to challenge  the ballot box as the only legitimate means of ensuring freedom. Drawing on case  studies from seven African countries, the contributors focus on specific political  moments in their respective countries to offer insights into how the state/society  social contract is contested through informal channels, and how political power  functions to counteract citizen’s voices. These contributions offer a different way  of thinking about state-building and structural change that goes beyond the  system-based approaches that dominate scholarship on democratization and  political structures. In effect, it provides a basis for organizers and social  movements to consider how to build solidarity beyond influencing government  institutions.


Awino Okech is a Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK.


Protest Social Movements Gender Justice Autocracies Governance Democracy Gender Africa Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Awino Okech
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Gender StudiesSOAS, University of LondonLondonUK

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