Call for Abstracts for the 2012 AGENDA Journal – The politics of Women’s Health in South Africa

Call for ABSTRACTS for 2012 AGENDA Journal


The Politics of Women’s Health in South Africa

Contributors from the African continent and other developing countries are invited to write on the topic above – addressing the theme of Gender and – from either a research or an activism perspective. Abstracts and contributions must be written in English and in a style accessible to a wide audience.  Please submit abstracts to     


Alternately you could e-mail abstracts to


No later than 14th December 2011


Agenda has been at the forefront of feminist publishing in South Africa for the past 23 years and raises debate around women’s rights and gender issues. The journal is designed to promote critical thinking and debate and aims to strengthen the capacity of both men and women to challenge gender discrimination and injustice. The Agenda journal is an IBSS/SAPSE accredited and peer reviewed journal


The Politics of Women’s Health in South Africa

Women inSouth Africastill face many unmet health challenges.  The country is not on track to meet its Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal mortality by three-quarters.  South African feminists continue to advocate for parliamentarians, the Minister of Health and the Department of Health to engage in greater governmental action to improve women’s health. This specially-themed issue of Agenda will examine the roles that have been played by the government and civil society actors in women’s health policy-making and implementation.


It is anticipated that the Agenda special edition will be read by women’s health and feminist activists, academics, civil servants, health professionals and interested members of the public.



We especially invite submissions focused on:

  • How gender injustices have occurred in the making and implementation of policies on critical women’s health issues such as cervical cancer, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, coercive sterilization and maternal mortality.
  • The reasons why good policies are often sub-optimally implemented at a district-level and by provincial Departments of Health.
  • The ways in which new social movements and activist networks have addressed the health needs of women living with HIV.
  • Gender-based analyses of the proposed National Health Insurance scheme.
  • Best practices in women’s health policy advocacy and implementation.
  • How to sustainably build a stronger movement for women’s health inSouth Africa.


A clear feminist critique and prism is required for all submissions. Critical thinking, fresh perspectives and poems are welcome.


All abstracts/papers must: 


  • specify the key area you would like to write on
  • have a word count of between 200 and 300 words
  • include your contact details – specifically your name, institution / organization, telephone, e-mail, and the country in which you reside

Kindly submit your short (200-300 word) abstract to     



Submission Guidelines for Agenda Journal

The following guidelines are intended to assist authors in preparing their contributions.



Agenda invites contributions from feminist and gender scholars, activists, researchers, policy makers, professionals, educators, community workers, students and members of women’s organizations and organizations interested in and concerned with gender issues.


Submissions should contribute to developing new thinking and fresh debate on women’s rights and gender equality inAfricaand other developing countries.


Writers need to:

  • Write in an accessible and understandable style;
  • Inform, educate or raise debate;
  • Try to pin down reasons for contradictions and point out differences of opinion;
  • Provide an analysis and an argument;
  • Be logical;
  •   Be sensitive to but not uncritical of how gender, class and race affect the reporting of an event;
  •   Ensure the introduction encapsulates the contents of the piece and that it attracts the reader’s attention by either making a controversial statement, providing a thought-provoking or new insight into the subject;
  •    Utilize a gender or feminist lens.


We publish articles in various formats, which range from 6,000 words for more theorized articles, which form the main reference pieces in an issue, to shorter pieces with a minimum of 1,500 words.




Formats of Contributions


  • Article (6 000 words max) should be based on new research and contain analysis and argument.
  • Briefing is an adaptable format for writers to write on a wide range of subjects (2 500 – 4 000 words)
  • Focus examines an aspect of a chosen theme in detail (4 500 words max)
  • Profile looks in detail at an organisation, project or legislation, or a person (2 500 – 3 500 words)
  • Report-back covers reports on meetings, conferences workshops etc
  • (1 500 – 4 000 words)
  • Review typically reviews books or films (1 500 – 3 000 words)
  • Interview can record a conversation among a group of people or a one-on-one interview in which the writer asks the interviewee/s questions on a subject (1 500 – 3 000 words)
  • Open Forum is a vehicle for debate and argument, or pieces which deal with argument and difference of opinion on a subject/issue (2 500 – 4 000 words)
  • Perspective is an adaptable format in which writers are able to use a more personal reflective, narrative style (1 500 – 3 000 words)



Contributions should be submitted in the following format:


File type:     Microsoft Word

Font:           Arial

Size:            10 pt

Line spacing:         single

Justification:         left

Referencing:          Harvard style


All submissions should have the following:


Abstract:      200 – 300 words

Keywords:    approx 5 keywords

Bio:             100 – word author biography, including email address

Bio picture:  head-and-shoulders photo in 300 dpi jpeg format

Contributors are encouraged to provide photos and/or graphics to illustrate their submission


Selection and Editing Process


All submissions are peer reviewed. Articles, briefing and focus pieces go through a double blind peer review process, while all other contributions are reviewed by at least one member of Agenda’s Editorial Advisory Group.


Reviewers comment on the suitability of a text for publication in the Agenda journal, as well as provide comments to help develop the piece further for publication if required. Contributors will be asked to rework the paper accordingly.


On resubmission, the piece will be assessed by the Agenda editor and a final decision made regarding its publication in the journal.


Please note that Agenda reserves the right to edit contributions with regard to length and accessibility or reject contributions that are not suitable or of poor standard.


Agenda also invites the submission of poems on the topic of women’s rights and gender.


Please note, as per Agenda’s policy, writers who have published within the last two years

 WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to publish – to allow new writers to publish for Agenda.




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