Pan-African Feminism in Britain

Future Directions for Solidarity And Equity

  • Annecka Leolyn Lovell Marshall University of the West Indies
Keywords: Pan-African feminism, political mobilization, heteronormativity, coalition politics


This chapter critically examines the importance of Pan-African feminist epistemology and activism in the Diaspora. The dynamic impact of defiant struggles for freedom challenges the oppression of women of African descent in triumphant ways. The radical re-construction of identities is necessary for the evolution of their human rights. Qualitative research interrogates the political consciousness and mobilization of fifty (50) women of African heritage who are members of Black women's organizations in Britain. My study investigates the relevance of Pan-African feminism in Britain to global debates and interventions. Reflecting on the historical, ideological, psychological, social, economic and political conditions of women in Continental and Diasporic Africa my fieldwork assesses the ways forward for Pan-African feminisms.

The extent to which Western as opposed to African cultures influence patriarchy and lack of female co-operation due to the institutionalization of stigma, harassment, class exploitation, colourism, heteronormativity, disabilism and ageism is considered. The significance of international support networks that create new strategic initiatives for positive self-concepts and the improvement of life-chances is evaluated. Independently and collectively women of African ancestry oppose marginalization by the State and systems of education, employment, healthcare and housing. Respondents' commitment to coalition politics is evident in their positive opinions about social justice, pride and integrity. Their celebration of Black Nationalism resists the legacies of colonialism. Interviewees take responsibility for the uplift of their communities. They are determined to overcome power inequalities in order to reaffirm the dignity of African women and girls. My paper explores the scholarship, activism, popular culture, social policies and legislation that are necessary for a Pan-African feminist revolution.