Several explanations are used to define agency;
“an individual’s (or group’s) ability to make effective choices and to transform those choices into desired outcomes”
“a dialectic of freedom and constraint”
“how women even within oppressive structures undertake little acts that help in subverting or changing the terms of the debate, or lead to transformative change in their lives or their children’s lives”
“women’s experiences of making the most of their situation, in the following ways: her ability to rise above the situations she is pressed with; participation in the community; assertion of identity; and how she continues to survive and make changes for herself and her immediate environment and community”
It’s been well over two months since the last post on Africanfeminism, perhaps giving the impression that this site was slowly dying away. However, in an expression of some form of agency, i chose to take a virtual break and keep my online presence to a bare minimum. In our times of high online interactions, it felt liberating to break away and contemplate offline. Anyways, now i come back re-energized and curious to explore a concept that i have become quite enamored with these days.
“Understanding Female Agency” will be the theme for my focus in 2012 as together with my loyal readers and new visitors, we contemplate what agency means in various aspects of women’s lives.
I invite those of you who may be similarly fascinated with this concept to contribute a piece on expressions and manifestations of female agency in Africa.
Lastly, i want to thank all my readers and contributors from 2011 for having joined in the exploration, for the feedback and for the support. Here’s to another year of sharing perspectives.
Love & Light