Abstract and Keywords
This chapter describes the way in which imperialism perpetuated a patriarchal gender regime in the modern states of Africa. It addresses the lingering effects of colonial political institutions that relied on a gendered separation of the private and public spheres. It illuminates the centrality of sex and gender coercion to the colonization processes and the legacy of these practices on contemporary law and policy. The marginalization of women from political and economic life has persisted to the modern day, provoking women to mobilize into movements challenging this discrimination. This chapter further argues that military rule and civil war are not indigenous to Africa but are instead a relapse that draws on the institutional dominance of all-male colonial security systems.
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