Call for Paper: Daring to Breathe: African and African Diasporan Women Confront Health and Environmental Challenges

A call for a special-issue: Daring to Breathe: African and African Diasporan Women Confront Health and Environmental Challenges. The issue will be guest-edited by Professor Bernice J. deGannes Scott.

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Submit your paper directly to Bernice J. deGannes Scott.

JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies is soliciting manuscripts for an upcoming edition on health and environmental issues related to women in Africa and the African Diaspora. In 2000, United Nations member countries signed off on the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) with a 15-year deadline of 2015. In a nutshell, the eight MDGs sought to redress disparities in health and education, and to promote gender empowerment, a global partnership for development, and environmental sustainability. Unfortunately, the MDGs are applicable to countries on the African continent, and to communities of African-descended people worldwide. These societies have been victimized by the interrelated factors of poverty, little or no access to proper medical care and nutritious food, and polluted environments, among other things. As a consequence, their citizens literally and figuratively “can’t breathe,” with the heaviest burden falling on women and children - the most vulnerable groups. This special edition will address the condition and experiences of women, and the strategies they employ as they seek to better their lives and the lives of their children, in the face of health and environmental challenges. A representative cross-section of papers will focus on health or environmental issues, or a combination of both. In keeping with the mission of JENdA, the research must be centered on Africa and/or the African Diaspora.

Send submissions in MS Word to: Bernice Scott. Author(s) name and contact information should be included on a SEPARATE page. All submissions will be acknowledged via email. Kindly contact the guest-editor via email if you have any questions or if you do not receive an acknowledgement of your submission.