Women Journalists in Namibia’s Liberation Struggle, 1985–1990

  • Language: English
  • 164 pages
  • Maps, index
  • ISSN: 2296-6986
  • ISBN:
  • Print: 978-3-905758-07-8
  • PDF: 978-3-905758-57-3
Maria Mboono Nghidinwa

Women Journalists in Namibia’s Liberation Struggle, 1985–1990


This study investigates the experiences of women journalists during the last phase of Namibia’s liberation struggle against South African rule. Black or white, women journalists in Namibia made significant contribu-tions to the liberation cause – including the founding of a high-profiled newspaper – whilst others worked for media sympathetic to the apart-heid government. Based on interviews and deploying feminist media theory, Maria Mboono Nghidinwa pays close attention to the gendered power relationships in the newsrooms of newspapers and radio stations at the time. She looks at the intense political intimidations which tar-geted women and, in particular, the constraints experienced by black women journalists.

Maria Mboono Nghidinwa, a former journalist for the Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), was awarded her PhD for this study from Howard University (Washington DC). She currently works at the UN headquarters in News York.

“Struggles within the Struggle”. An Introduction by Henning Melber

1 Introduction

2 Namibia’s History and the Dynamics of Race and Gender

3 Namibia’s Media History

4 Theoretical Frameworks

5 Literature Review

6 Methodology, Research and Participants

7 Women Journalists in the Struggle: Gender Constraints

8 Women Journalists and Intimidation: Political Constraints

9 Black Women Journalists and Racial Constraints

10 Resistance and Complicity

11 Reporting Injustices, Fighting Gender Inequality

12 Conclusion

The participating journalists, their profiles, memories and assessments



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