Researching gender and (in)equality in Africa

Researching gender and (in)equality in Africa



Mercy M. John, Aja Rene McMichel, Ahmi' Breon Piilani Moore


Presentation: 9:00-10:00, Kennedy Union 211



Women make up ‘half the sky’ of Africa, and while some African countries have made tremendous progress toward gender parity in some areas, systemic inequality and unfair discrimination continue to undermine our rights guaranteed by international human rights law (Nabaneh, 2021). In this panel, young scholars who are engaged in research through the Human Rights Center Kenya Applied Research Practicum and international human rights fellowships will discuss their work — sexual and gender-based violence in The Gambia (SGBV), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya and women’s rights to property and land in the case of separation, divorce, and annulment in Africa. The panel will broadly focus on the limitations of legal frameworks, community approaches to addressing gender-based violence, regional protection mechanisms, including the African Women’s Protocol, and movement building. The panel will also delve into the dilemmas they faced as researchers and ethical ways of data collection/ doing research. Including the importance of becoming self-aware about their own positionality, being empathetic observers and engaged emerging scholars, and how it can contribute to building stronger social science methods.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Independent Research

Primary Advisor

Satang Nabaneh, Susan M. Weaver

Primary Advisor's Department

Human Rights Center


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Scholarship; Diversity; Diversity

Researching gender and (in)equality in Africa