Kenya: A Global Feminist Critique

In Nairobi, two conferences assess women's progress

Under a pristine blue sky on the University of Nairobi campus, Africans in bright robes and turbans mingled with denimed Europeans wearing punk haircuts, Muslims behind veils, and Americans in trim safari gear. Thousands of women from some 130 countries poured into Kenya's capital city last week for two conferences to mark the end of the United Nations Decade for Women, one sponsored by the U.N., the other, called Forum '85, a parallel meeting of non-governmental organizations. Many had high hopes that the gatherings would provide a sisterly exchange of ideas and strategies. "You will see something that is not a...

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