JOHANNESBURG – The Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Dr Josephine Ahikire has been appointed Honorary Professor of the Nelson Mandela University, affiliated to the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD). The appointment was announced by Prof. A Govindjee, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and Internationalization at the Nelson Mandela University on 1st February 2020.
The Honorary Professor title at the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa recognizes a level of distinction commensurate with the status of a Professor and is conferred on persons with an associative relationship with the University.
Dr Ahikire’s appointment was in recognition of her intellectual and scholarly accomplishments in the development and application of knowledge that has a transformative impact on society, particularly in advancing the goals of a more democratic, equal, socially just and sustainable world through her vital work on democracy and gender in the African context.
Dr. Ahikire is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Makerere University and the Acting Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) at Makerere University. She has over the years worked in the area of feminist political theory and has extensively published works on women and politics as well as labour and urban culture. She has led various research teams on gender and land, elections, women and parliamentary performance, gender and the politics of Access and many other areas connected with livelihood and social justice. She is an active member of the Uganda Women’s Movement and is also member of regional bodies such as the Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and African Gender Institute (AGI) University of Cape Town.