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The Tanzanian Response to Dangerous Skin Bleaching Products and Practices and the Gendered Politics of it All: A Critical Analysis

Kelly Lewis, Navit Robkin, Karie Gaska, Lillian Carol Njoki, Emily Andrews, Karim Jetha


Although efforts are currently being made to ban the use and importation of dangerous skin bleaching agents in countries throughout Africa, products are still somehow making their way into nations like Tanzania. This paper discusses the Tanzanian response to dangerous skin bleaching practices and products as well as the gendered politics that align with this approach. This paper also analyzes the effectiveness of these responses, and presents an empirically validated strategy to address the dangerous uses of skin bleaching creams that can be valuable for Tanzania and other nations across the globe affected with skin bleaching.


skin bleaching, Tanzania, women, prevention, intervention

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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