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Lecture: Women, Power and Peacemaking in Africa

Aili Mari Tripp
November 29, 2010

The School of Social Transformation’s African and African American Studies faculty invites the ASU community to a lecture by Aili Mari Tripp, vice president and president-elect of the African Studies Association and former vice president of the American Political Science Association. Tripp is professor of political science and gender & women's studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she directs the Center for Research on Gender and Women. Her talk, titled "Women, Power and Peacemaking in Africa," will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 29, in West Hall 135 on ASU's Tempe campus.

Tripp's remarks will draw on comparative research across Africa as well as fieldwork in Uganda, Liberia, Congo-Kinshasa and Angola to explore why post-conflict countries in Africa had double the rates of female legislative representation compared with countries that have not undergone conflict. She’ll also address why these countries tend to have been more open to passing legislation and making constitutional changes relating to women's rights.  

Tripp is the author of "Museveni's Uganda: Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime" (2010) and is working on a book titled "Gender, Power and Peacemaking in Africa." She co-authored "African Women's Movements Transforming Political Landscapes" (2009) and is the author of "Women and Politics in Uganda" (2000) and "Changing the Rules: The Politics of Liberalization and the Urban Informal Economy in Tanzania" (1997).

She has written widely on women’s movements and global feminism, civil society in Africa, gender and politics in Africa, women in post-conflict African countries, and on democratization and semi-authoritarianism in Africa. She has served as an expert consultant for many world agencies, including UNESCO, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, the World Bank, USAID, and the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on violence against women.

The event is free and open to the public. Online parking maps for ASU’s Tempe campus are available at For additional information about the event, contact Shannon Eason, 480-965-0476.