Courage and consequence
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CTA. 2002. Courage and consequence. Spore 99. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/47541
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The old expression 'If it's not appropriate to women, it's not appropriate', which was originally coined for technology, also holds true for publishing in Africa and other continents.Whilst women publishers are part and parcel of the Caribbean...
The old expression 'If it s not appropriate to women, it s not appropriate', which was originally coined for technology, also holds true for publishing in Africa and other continents. Whilst women publishers are part and parcel of the Caribbean publishing scene, it is different in the top management levels of African publishing, where women are under-represented. An exceptionally moving and encouraging book, Courage and Consequence, relates the personal experiences of ten African women who head their own publishing houses or organisations, of how and why they got into publishing, and their successes and failures. The women from Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe represent state, commercial, non-profit and community publishing, a women s writers group and a bookseller. An eleventh contribution provides an overview of women in publishing in South Africa. What is so moving about this book, which is recommended to all readers of Spore with an interest, professional or private, in the book and in publishing, and with a grasp of English? Few of the contributors, if any, had encountered direct discrimination on the grounds of their gender; the barriers for women are lack of education, and cultural factors. As a whole, the contributions give an overview of the sobering realities of African publishing, and in particular for women. They celebrate what the ten women have achieved, and show the courage needed to start and run cultural institutions in Africa. They are an inspiration for others to play their part in the cultural development of the development, and, who knows, in empowering the publishing sector to fully embrace rural life and agricultural development. Courage and Consequence: Women Publishing in Africa. African Books Collective, Oxford, 2002, 109 pp., ISBN 0952126974, GBP 11.95 US$ 19.95 ABC, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU, UK Fax: +44 1865 793 298, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.africanbookscollective.com The African Books Collective markets the output of member publishers on the international market, using the most efficient and cost-effective infrastructure for distribution and financial management.