Resisting Racism and Colonialism in Africa and the Caribbean: Critical Issues in Race, Gender/Sexuality and Disability in Three Countries

Conference Highlights, Panels and Plenary
Critical Ethnicity and Anti-Black Racism

This panel highlights the ways in which the legacies of colonialism intersect with gender, sexism and/or disability in African and Caribbean contexts through the case studies of: 1) the political economy of Liberian women’s activism through peace-huts. The study used focus group interviews, and is framed in motherwork, a type of maternal activism related to politicized motherhood. This feminist study contributes to Peace and Post-Conflict Studies; 2) China’s colonial “development operations.” They are orchestrated to maximize profits, secure natural resources and expand business interests while also competing with the Europeans for domination of the continent at the expense of the African citizenry. China’s non-interference policy is a violent mechanism which has not only pushed people with disabilities to the margins but also is creating disability on the continent; and 3) The challenges of sex education in Jamaica. Focus groups were conducted with inner-city mothers who reported on conversations about sex with their children and with adolescent boys who shared their sexual literacies and behaviours. Findings showed the ways in which the national identity of ‘Jamaicanness,’ entrenched a legacy of colonialism and Christianity, contributes to societal tensions impeding the development of a comprehensive sex education program.



Erica Lawson, Western University

Bathseba Opini, University of British Columbia

Annette Henry, University of British Columbia

Tags: Disability Studies, Equality / Inequality, Gender and Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity

Organizer: Annette Henry, University of British Columbia