Why we need intersectionality in Ghanaian feminist politics and discourses.

Critical Discourse Studies.

Wunpini Fatimata (Forthcoming).

Abstract: Several African scholars have theorized about the evolution of feminist movements but there has been little focus on the importance of employing an intersectional framework to understanding feminisms in Africa. I map the evolution of feminist discourses in Ghana paying attention to the gaps in theory and praxis. I argue that to truly embody a radical praxis in African feminist politics, it is imperative that we employ an intersectional lens to ensure that feminist topics that have historically been pushed to the periphery are centered in our theory and praxis. I critically analyze the discourses in contemporary feminist movements that are especially visible on digital media and proffer recommendations on how their work can embody an intersectional praxis. While digital media provides a platform for voices that would ordinarily be excluded in discussions on feminist activism, it is imperative to pay attention to how these platforms are utilized by activists to (in)advertently exclude the most marginalized from their feminist work. By applying an intersectionality framework to understanding African feminist discourses, we open ourselves up to driving feminist theory and praxis toward emancipatory interventions. This study draws attention to the importance of centering historically marginalized groups in mainstream Ghanaian feminist discourses.