The conceptions of development are intricately interwoven with several economic indices arising from the society’s management of governance issues and gender questions. Africa represents a clear example of a continent beleaguered by crass underdevelopment in several of its countries on account of obvious mismanagement of its governance paradigms grossly affected by inefficient management of gender traditions. Statistics show a clear trend that there are no intentional systemic balanced quest of organised and purposeful pursuit of national development and therefore continental growth through composite structures of economy, gender and governance.

When Africa is compared to other continents of the world, it is obvious that the continent represents the sick man of all the continents comparatively, particularly in the discourse of development. In what ways can efficient management of the gender politics improve the status of development of Africa? How can questions of gender be better channeled as fulcrum for the attainment of a much needed advancement of the continent? In what ways can Africa be brought out of her contemporary deplorable development level, especially through a balanced streamlining of gender rights and equality? If any, how have some African countries efficiently grappled with challenges of gender inclusiveness and politics for the realisation of sustainable growth in their respective national regimes? What more can be done to raise the ante of Africa’s current developmental dilemma? Therefore, this stream calls for papers and panels relevant in addressing the above and related questions bothering on positing effective solutions to Africa’s development challenges arising from inefficient handling of the gender politics and inclusiveness.

Confirmed Panels

Panel 1: Gender Inequality, Sustainable Development and the African Reality

Chair: Dr. Ezinwanyi Adam

  • Africa Norms and International Obligations: Perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Reality of Gender Equality in Africa, Daniels, Oluwasola (Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State. Nigeria., Akungba Akoko, Nigeria)
  • Gender Development Policies: How reflective are they of the African Woman reality? Muzee, Hannah (Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, Pan African University, University of Yaounde II, Soa, Cameroon., Yaounde, Cameroon)
  • African Feminism (s) and Sustainable Development in the Transnational Order, Adetutu, Omotoso Sharon (Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • Gender Inequality and Girl-Child Out of School: Cultural Backlash, Christiana, Ojo Ronke (Department of Adult Education, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria)

Panel 2: Relationship between Women and Natural Resource Development in Africa 

Chair: Hannah Muzee

  • Land-Releated Tensions and Women’s Empowerment in Rural Senegal, Sene, Abib (Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal)
  • Culture, gender and land. Transforming the narrative through sharing rural women farmer’s experiences in South Africa and Zimbabwe, Chipuriro, Rejoice Mazvirevesa (University of Johannesburg, Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Women and Water: Analyzing the impact of water development projects on female empowerment in Kenya, Park, Hong Eun (PhD. Candidate of Graduate School of International Area Studies, Department of African Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South))
  • Climate Change and Gender Differentials in Consumption Patterns, Adegbuyi, Temitope Elizabeth (Gender Studies Unit, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria)

Panel 3: Media and Gender discourse in Africa

Chair: Dr. Onyinyechi Nwaolikpe

  • Social Media: A game changer in gender discourse in Africa. Kauma, Bryan, Umaru (Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa)
  • Gender politics and sustainable development: perspectives from the media, Osei-Appiah, Sally (University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Linguistic Reflections of Traditional Power and Dominance Struggle among Nigerian Women: A Critical Discourse Analysis, Ochulor, Goodseed, (Babcock University, Ilishan Remo-Ogun State, Nigeria)

Panel 4: Women’s Health and Sustainable Development in Africa 

Chair: Dr. Ezinwanyi Adam

  • Development, Population Control and Women’s Health: 1960s and 70s Ghana, Ashford, Holly Rose (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Maternal mortality and maternal health in East Africa, 1920-2018, Doyle, Shane (University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Processes and outcomes of social accountability, power and gender in community-driven reconstruction communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Kyamusugulwa, Patrick Milabyo (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, Netherlands) and Hilhorst, Dorothea (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, Netherlands) and Bergh, Sylvia (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, Netherlands)
  • The Initiation Sponsors Education Project: Carving Out Multiple Spaces in an Experimental Intervention, Pido, Donna (Donna Pido, Department of Design and Creative Media, Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya)

Organisers: Ezinwanyi E. ADAM (, Eteete Michael ADAM (, Hannah Muzee (, Onyinyechi N. Nwaolikpe ( For panel and paper submissions please follow the instructions on the website 

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