The Howard Zinn Quote still resonates: “Civil disobedience, that’s not our problem. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while, the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” Let the kleptocrats give back our stolen wealth so that we can fix our infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and also offer worthwhile social protection to our people. Let the masses enjoy the full benefits of citizenship in Nigeria. Let the leaders and political class repent and build peace with justice. This is no time for politics as usual.
Appreciation! The video of the second, which is equally the last session of “Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Academia: An Online Roundtable Discussion” organized by the Lagos Studies Association Women’s Mentoring Network, is now available. We thank everyone who made these two events possible. Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi did an excellent job of moderating the events, making sure everything went as planned. Carli Coetzee and Lynn Schler worked behind the scene to conceptualize the roundtable and to develop the call for participation. The conversation was rich, thought-provoking, and boundary-shifting because our speakers (Lola Akande, Judith Byfield, Abosede George, Taibat Lawanson, Mojubaolu Okome, Charmaine Pereira, and Yetunde Zaid) intellectualized the problem. They combined personal experience with their knowledge of institutional politics to expand the repertoire of discourse. Other members of the Women’s Mentoring Network (Peju Layiwola and Oyeronke O
Want to know what I think about sexual harassment? I participated in a roundtable discussion on this subject on Saturday, September 12 Here's the recording from last week and the announcement of the next roundtable. The video recording of the first session of Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Academia: An Online Roundtable Discussion organized by the Lagos Studies Association Women’s Mentoring Network is now available. Many thanks to the speakers and participants. The second session will take place this Saturday, September 19 at 3 pm (Nigeria Time) 10 am NY time(EST).
DRAFT COPY. PLEASE DO NOT QUOTE WITHOUT AUTHOR’S WRITTEN PERMISSION. The Future is in our Hands: Pan-African Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome, Ph.D.Professor of Political ScienceWomen’s Studies Coordinator Brooklyn College, CUNY Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Summit St. Paul, Minnesota December 6, 2006 Inspired by a Yorùbá adage: àtélewó eni l’a fi ntún ìwà eni se (one rehabilitates one’s character with one’s own hands/the solution for one’s problems lie in one’s hands), this paper argues that while there are numerous challenges that militate against the development of a cohesive Pan-African front among women leaders, there are also some positive aspects of African culture, (particularly in the ideals of philanthropy and community-building) that we can build on and accentuate to help us face the challenges of the future, beginning with the 21st century. These ideals include collective self-help, generosity, informal networking and mentorship and a