The Zimbabwean Women's Movement 1995-2000

Shereen Essof



This book demonstrates the place of women's movements during a defining period of contemporary Zimbabwe. The government of Robert Mugabe may have been as firmly in power in 2000 as it was in 1995, but the intervening years saw severe economic crisis, mass strikes and protests, the start of land occupations, intervention in the war in the DRC, and the rise of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. Shereen Essof shows how Zimbabwean women crafted responses to these and other events, and aimed for a feminist agenda that would prioritise the interests of the rural and urban poor. She writes a book that combines scholarly integrity with a wild, joyous cry for liberation.


Based on a rich set of interviews, Essof's positionality as academic, feminist and activist has allowed her access to an important range of actors in Zimbabwe's various women's movements. - Kate Law, Journal International Feminist Journal of Politics


Shereen Essof is a respected Zimbabwean feminist, activist, popular educator, and academic. She leads JASS Southern Africa's programs on women's rights, empowerment.