Akosua Adomako Ampofo has carried out research on issues surrounding women’s reproductive behaviour since the late 1980s. She is a senior research fel­low at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (Legon), where she teaches courses in gender and research methods. She is also involved in activist and advocacy work on issues that affect the lives of women and young people, and acts as a consultant for local and international organizations.

Signe Arnfred is a sociologist and has specialized in gender issues and feminist theory. She is an associate professor at the Institute of Geography and Interna­tional Development Studies at Roskilde University in Denmark, and currently working at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, where she is the co­ordinator of the Sexuality, Gender and Society in Africa research programme. Since 1980 her research has been focused on southern Africa, particularly Mozam­bique.

Authors’ BiographiesHeike Becker is an anthropologist, currently teaching at the Department of An­thropology and Sociology, University of the Western Cape. She completed her Ph. D. thesis on gender and nationalism in Namibia at the University of Bremen (Germany). From 1993 to 2000 she was based as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Namibia. Becker continues to do most of her research in Namibia. Her current interests focus on cultures of violence and memory in northern Na­mibia, and on comparative studies of cultural memory, modernity and public spheres in southern Africa.

Liselott Dellenborg is a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at Goteborg University. She has carried out extensive field work in southern Senegal. Her ma­jor research topics are gender, religion, sexuality, and initiation rituals with special reference to female circumcision.

Assitan Diallo has a Ph. D. degree from Brown University, USA. She is a sociol­ogist and a demographer and has done extensive research on the subject of exci – sion/female genital mutilation. Since the late 70s, she has taken part in many or­ganized initiatives, in Africa and elsewhere, toward the eradication of these prac­tices. As a feminist, she is also involved in other research projects and actions to­ward the empowerment of African women. Diallo is currently based in Mali as a consultant.

Authors’ Biographies
Liv Haram has a doctoral degree in social anthropology. She is a research fellow at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala. Haram trained as a social anthropologist at the University of Bergen. Her doctoral study is based on research in northern Tanzania and examines gender relations in the context of rapid social change and

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