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NAD 2016 - the movie

Two hundred and thirty-nine participants from 36 countries all contributed to the success of the conference.
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Voices from NAD 2016

Gender imbalances reinstated with the HIV epidemic

NAD 2016. Many feminists in South Africa viewed HIV and the resources it brought as an opportunity to challenge gender inequalities. It never happened. Instead the very things they had hoped to change were in fact entrenched.

Building popular trust with anthropology

Guinea. During the ebola crisis, people avoided official health campaigns, believing them to be the cause of contamination. By the use of anthropological methods, the authorities could have reached out more efficiently.

African hairstyles back in fashion

NAD 2016. For a long time, African women have been encouraged to look like European women. Now, however, African hairstyles from the 70s Black Power movement are in fashion again.

Contested eco city

Nigeria. Proponents call it a high-tech smart city with sustainable energy and climate change solutions. Others call it an exclusive space for the wealthy few. The mega-project Eko Atlantic City on the coastline of Lagos is highly contested. 

Health efforts put more burden on women

Uganda. To compensate for the inadequate healthcare on the countryside, the authorities are aiming to reach people with health information. Since men are not interested in voluntary work, this means more work for women.

Too few women in the mines

Ghana. There are few women in the mining industry, the backbone of the country’s economy. According to Rufai Haruna Kilu, both the Government and the mining corporations need to do more to fight the gender imbalance.

Business-minded terrorists

NAD 2016. Transnational terrorist organizations work in a similar way as business companies. They compete over resources and labor with other organizations, and make rational choices where to operate. Actually, they even do franchising. This is the case with...

Inequalities in fish value chains

Tanzania. Using methodology from business studies, social anthropologist Pétur Waldorff maps the value chain of how fish from Lake Tanganyika find its way to the markets of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Often, his research shows, women end up working in the...

Talking about sex – parents need to learn how

Kenya. The social environment poses more challenges on teenage girls than teenage boys. Therefore, parents need to learn how to talk to them about sexuality and reproductive health.

Persistent gender inequality

NAD 2016. Women in rural South Africa who assume power over their lives often move to cities. It means that old gender stereotypes never really change in the rural areas.

A woman’s place is in parliament

NAD 2016. Not only does the increasing number of women in African parliaments bring about more gender equality in terms of political representation. It also leads to less corruption and less violent political language.

Role models achieve social change

Gender equality. More women in African cities are realizing that it is in their own interest to get employment and provide for their families. They become role models for gender equality. However, in rural areas there are too few examples to change gender stereotypes...

Gender and language

NAD 2016. There can be skewed gender relations in a society even though the language is gender neutral. Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju on the Yoruba language at the Nordic Africa Days.

Unequal work-burden among scholars

Ghana. The female scholar needs to take care of the house and children at same time as she makes her academic career. A male scholar on the other hand can focus entirely on his career. Lily Adu-Aboagye on different terms between the sexes in Ghana.

Micro-credits are not enough

Gender and change. Entrepreneurship alone is not a way out of poverty. Cecilia Navarra on women’s socio-economic empowerment.

Social relations have more impact than technical equipment

Domestic labour. In many African countries, different eras have shaped how domestic work is organised. According to Deborah Bryceson, who has researched on domestic labour in Africa, changed social relations have had more impact to women’s housework than any technical...

Limited access to education for girls

Rural South Africa. Boys are in school while girls are missing out because they have to collect firewood, fetch water and watch their siblings.

Key Note speakers

Challenging Traditions, Changing Masculinities

Keynote NAD 2016.“Traditionalist African masculinities have no more claim to African traditions than non-traditionalist masculinities. This will always be contested – sometimes even violently”, Professor Kopano Ratele says in his keynote lecture at the Nordic Africa Days 2016.

Self-critical reflections on gender research

Keynote NAD 2016.”Testimonies are often performances informed by various interests and assumptions. They are also shaped of what the storyteller believes the interviewer wants to hear”. As one of the keynote speaker at the Nordic Africa Days, NAI researcher Maria Eriksson Baaz delivered some self-critical reflections drawn from her research in...

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