Bodies, Morals and Politics - Reflections on Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.
Place of publication
Cape Town, South Africa
Date of Publication
November 2015
Number of Pages
Language of publication

With this edition of Perspectives, the Heinrich Böll Foundation seeks to unpack some of these specific tensions and complexities. Cultural and traditional practices in Africa, like everywhere else, are evolving. As they do, and as some of the articles featured here argue, we hope that they will become powerful instruments for the promotion of women’s sexual and reproductive rights.

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Table of contents



The Politics of Control and Ownership over Women’s Bodies: Discourses that Shape Reproductive and Sexual Rights in Zimbabwe
Kezia Batisai

Modifying the Female Form: Whose Call is it? Female Genital Mutilation and Labia Elongation Practices in Africa
Tammary Esho

African Cultures and the Promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Thelmah Maluleke

Interview: Teenage Pregnancy and Challenges to the Realisation of Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Nigeria
Onyema Afulukwe-Eruchalu

Too Much Mothering and Not Enough Options
Marion Stevens

Stagnating Progress: Fragmented Bodies
The Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa

Nebila Abdulmelik

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