oa Africa Insight - From reproduction to reinvention : women's roles in African cities

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



At the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, the role of women in slowing down population growth once again received a great deal of attention. In this article, Dr AbdouMaliqalim Simone, of the Foundation for Contemporary Research, argues that population will not be ""controlled"" unless states find new ways to harness the multiplicity of social collaboration engineered - especially by urban women - to accomplish everyday survival and build institutions capable of mediating the intensification of household, gender, ethnic, generational and subregional conflicts exacerbated by increasing poverty.

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