Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

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Leeds University Centre for African Studies
c/o POLIS,
Social Sciences Building,
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 5069

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski

POLIS seminar with Winnifred Bedigen – 16 November 2017


As part of the University of Leeds School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) research seminar series, you are warmly invited to a presentation by Dr Winifred Bedigen (University of Leeds):


Title:                     Understanding Empowerment through a Cultural Theory Lens: Women in the Horn of Africa

Date:                    Thursday 16th November

Time:                    4.15 – 5.45pm

Location:             Social Sciences Building 14.33


This paper seeks to clarify some of the misunderstood issues in current African women’s empowerment and development messaging. Some western scholars, by theorising women’s empowerment through western lenses, have found African women to be distinctively different, and yet have gone ahead to design and implement empowerment programs regardless. Others, though, point to high levels of women’s marginalisation in the Sub-Saharan region and the urgency to act. These are efforts to increase women’s involvement in peace and development work as they have become more mainstreamed by international institutions like the United Nations (UN), World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). This work explores African (the Horn) socio-cultural versions and emphases on women’s empowerment, pointing to their strengths, weaknesses, and what these might mean for policy and development practice.

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