Book: Land, Food, Freedom
In 1922 Muthoni Nyanjiru used the curse of nakedness to damn Europeans
who enslaved African girls to pick coffee. In the 1950s thousands of
Kenyan women never surrendered in the Mau Mau war to expel the British.
In 1992 old women on hunger strike threw off their clothes to protest
dictatorship. In using oral histories to tell the stories of Kenyan
women in fifteen uprisings across the long 20th century, Land, Food,
Freedom reveals Kenyan women's determination to get back their stolen
Local men who collaborated with British colonial officials and
settlers found themselves repeatedly challenged by the organizations and
actions of these women. In acting against their dispossession, they
inspired a different set of men to stand with them in alliance to defend
the gendered commons.
Comment from a reader:
"...constitutes a great leap
forward in building a truly global history of feminist struggle."
Kaara, global social justice activist, Kenya Debt
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