Public Debates on Women's Issues in Postcolonial Kenya: Selections From Viva


  • Mia Guzina
  • Dylan Tomlins



Vol 3. No. 1 (2022)

With contributions by Emma Rose Ryan and Ainhoa Leoz Asiáin.

This issue of SourceLab introduces readers to the history of Viva: The Magazine For Kenyan Women, a Postcolonial Kenyan publication that discusses women's rights and issues. 

This publication is part of the digital documentary edition series SourceLab, based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our Editorial Board conducts rigorous peer-review of every edition.


Ellis, Amanda, Jozefina Cutura, Nouma Dione, Ian Gillson, Clare Manuel, and Judy Thongori. Gender and Economic Growth in Kenya: Unleashing the Power of Women. Washington, D.C., The World Bank, 2007.

Frederiksen, Bodil Folke. “Print, Newspapers, and Audience in Colonial Kenya: African and Indian Improvement, Protest, and Connections.” Africa 81, no. 1 (2011): 155-172

Hunter, Mark. “Introduction: New Insights on Marriage and Africa.” Africa Today 62, No. 3 (2016): vii-xv.

Ivaska, Andrew. Cultured States: Youth, Gender, and Modern Style in 1960s Dar Es Salaam. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Kariuki, Priscilla W. “Women's Aspirations and Perceptions of Their Own Situation in Society.” Journal of Eastern African Research & Development 15 (1985): 222–229.

Mbembe, Achille. “Provisional Notes on the Postcolony.” Africa 62, no. 1 (1992): 3-37.

Mwiria, Kilemi. “Kenyan Women Adult Literacy Learners: Why Their Motivation Is Difficult to Sustain.” International Review of Education 39, no. 3 (1993): 183–192.

“The Rejection of the Marriage Bill in Kenya.” Journal of African Law 23, no. 2 (2009): 109-114.

Robertson, Claire C. Trouble Showed the Way: Women, Men, and Trade in the Nairobi Area, 1890-1990. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1997.

Thomas, Lynn M. Politics of the Womb: Women, Reproduction, and the State in Kenya. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003.

Williams, Beth Ann. "‘Call Us Ms.’: Viva and Arguments for Kenyan Women's Respectable Citizenship 1975–80," Women's History Review 26, no. 3 (2017): 414-432, DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2016.1156419

Wipper, Audrey. “Equal Rights for Women in Kenya?” The Journal of Modern African Studies 9, No. 3 (1971): 429-442.

The World Bank. Kenyan Urbanization Review. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2016.