Guns And Guerilla Girls

Women in the Zimbabwean Liberation Struggle

Tanya Lyons



Guns and Guerilla Girls: Women in the Zimbabwean Liberation Struggle is about women guerilla fighters in the Zimbabwean National Liberation war (1965-1980). It provides an examination of the plethora of representations of women who joined the struggle for national independence and contributes to a feminist understanding of Zimbabwe and African history and politics.Most previously published accounts about women's roles in the Zimbabwean liberation struggle have tended to focus on their "feminine" or "natural" roles as mothers or alternatively on the post-independence concerns expressed by women in Zimbabwe. Both of these views have ignored and excluded women's actual experiences of guerilla fighting.


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Tanya Lyons is a lecturer on the Globalisation Program at Flinders University – Adelaide – Australia, where she specializes in teaching African Studies. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia.