Feminist Research and Documentation
By documenting African feminist epistemology, we seek to change African women’s narratives, through keeping a record of their lived experiences through oral herstory and conducting feminist research. AMwA continues to build theory and knowledge using feminist approaches to inform our feminist leadership trainings as well as advocacy to influence policy. Using feminist lenses, AMwA seeks to strengthen feminist research, on current and relevant thematic areas, document and capture African women’s lived realities in the form of literature, pictures and videos; questioning the existing gender inequalities and systems of oppression. By documenting and publicizing these lived experiences, AMwA fulfills her mandate to amplify African women’s voices in critical spaces.
AMwA has undertaken ground-breaking research focused among other subjects on the Extractive Industry (EI), the growing phenomenal of large scale land acquisition on the continent and Sexual and Gender Based Violence with support from partners. This has contributed to documentation of women’s lived experiences and informal theorizing to be taken into account in policy development. Coupled with these are coalitions and partnership initiatives that AMwA has contributed to such as the Oral Herstory Project – Documenting Women’s Experiences through three Oral Herstory Projects on Sex Workers in East Africa which culminated in the popular publication, ‘When I Dare to Be Powerful’, the first-ever collection of life stories by sex worker activists in the region; an African Feminist Forum(AFF) documentation of a seasoned African feminist ‘Dr Sarah Ntiro Biography’, a publication by AWDF and AMwA; and an oral herstory collection of women’s experiences of GBV and SRHR in conflict and post-conflict countries in Africa set in DRC and Sierra Leone. Another key AMwA publication is the Leaders Journal which highlights issues and events significant to the African women’s leadership struggle as told by African women leaders.