For the sake of those who are not familiar
with the Circle, the Circle for Concerned
African Women Theologians (hereafter the
Circle) was inaugurated in 1989. In the
year 2002, the Circle registered over 500
members on the continent and abroad. The
criterion for membership is the commitment
to research, write and publish on issues
affecting African women and women of African
The Circle is the space for women from
Africa to do communal theology based on
their religious, cultural and social experiences.
It draws its membership from women of diverse
backgrounds, nationalities, cultures and
religions rooted in African Indigenous Religions,
Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It encompasses
indigenous African women and seeks to relate
to African women of American, Asiatic, and
European origins. These concerned women
are engaged in theological dialogue with
cultures, religions, sacred writings and
oral stories that shape the African context
and define the women of this continent.
The mission of the Circle is to undertake
research, writing and publishing on African
issues from a woman's perspective.
The vision of the Circle is to empower African
women to contribute their critical thinking
and analysis to advance current knowledge.
Theology, religion and culture are the three
chosen foci, which must be used as the framework
for Circle research and publications.
The Pan-African Conference of the Circle
clearly showed that this movement has grown
and expanded and put its roots deep in the
hearts of many women in Africa. It was amazing
to realise that since 1989, members of the
Circle have written and published 31 books.
The authors attribute their publications
to motivation stemming from participation
in the Circle. This implies that the Circle
is fulfilling its mission: To undertake
research and publish theological literature
written by African women with special focus
on religion and culture.