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Women Journalists in Nambia’s Liberation Struggle 1985–1990

Women Journalists in Nambia’s Liberation Struggle 1985–1990

This study investigates the experiences of women journalists during the last phase of Namibia’s liberation struggle against South African rule from 1985–1990.
Nghidinwa, Maria Mboono
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978-3-905758-07-8
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Author: Maria Mboono Nghidinwa
Publisher: Basler Afrika Bibliographien
Basel, 2008
ISBN 978-3-905758-07-8
Softcover, 17x24 cm, 168 pages, 1 map


Description:

This study investigates the experiences of women journalists during the last phase of Namibia’s liberation struggle against South African rule. Black or white, women journalists in Namibia made significant contributions to the liberation cause - including the founding of a high-profiled newspaper - whilst others worked for media sympathetic to the apartheid government.

Based on interviews and deploying feminist media theory, Maria Mboono Nghidinwapays close attention to the gendered power relationships in the newsrooms of newspapers and radio stations at the time. She looks at the intense political intimidations which targeted women and, in particular, the constraints experienced by black women journalists.

Maria Mboono Nghidinwa’s study emphasises “that there were always struggles within the struggle … The gender bias in the public sphere, not least the media and their reporting, is one of the cases in point.” From the Introduction by Henning Melber, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.


About the author:

Maria Mboono Nghidinwa, a former journalist for the Namibian Press Agency(NAMPA), was awarded her PhD for this study from Howard University(Washington DC). She currently works at the UN headquarters in New York.