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ISBN-10: 0203990757

ISBN-13: 9780203990759

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Hence they are seen to have ‘communal’ interests with men. Fighting ‘women’s issues’ is denounced as divisive. This position has (broadly) been held by national liberation movements from Angola to Mozambique within the southern African region. For the ANC, according to Frene Ginwala: In South Africa, the prime issue is apartheid and national liberation. So to argue that African women should concentrate on and form an isolated feminist movement, focusing on issues of women in their narrowest sense, implies African women must fight so that they can be equally oppressed with African men.

We therefore suggest that there is in reality a middle ground between the presently polarized positions, a ground on which gendered struggles are being fought. We also suggest that the middle ground exists implicitly in the analysis of ANC spokeswomen, but it is obscured by their overriding emphasis on the mobilization of women for national struggles (Dubel, 1987:7; Ginwala, 1986:10; and Kimble and Unterhalter, 1982:33). We argue that gender struggles are important in determining the nature and implementation of policy.

As such, women’s organization divorced from other forms of political organization is inconceivable. However, this precludes neither the influence of feminism on these struggles (historically and currently) nor the articulation of women’s needs as part of the struggle to transform social relations. Jayawardena, in her consideration of feminist and nationalist struggles in the Third World, argues that: Feminism was not imposed on the Third World by the West, but rather that historical circumstances produced important material and ideological changes that affected women, even though the impact of imperialism and Western thought was admittedly among the significant elements in these historical circumstances….

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