This study investigates the experiences of women journalists during the last phase of Namibia's liberation struggle against South African rule.
Black orwhite, women journalists in Namibia made significant contributions to the lib-eration cause − including the founding of a high-profiled newspaper − whilstothers worked for media sympathetic to the apartheid government. Based oninterviews and deploying feminist media theory, Maria Mboono Nghidinwapays close attention to the gendered power relationships in the newsrooms ofnewspapers and radio stations at the time. She looks at the intense politicalintimidations which targeted women and, in particular, the constraints experi-enced by black women journalists.
Maria Mboono Nghidinwa's study emphasises "that there were always strug-gles within the struggle … The gender bias in the public sphere, not least themedia and their reporting, is one of the cases in point."
From the Introduction by Henning Melber, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
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 New York.