The Centre is located under the Directorate of the Transformation and Engagement DVC- nelson Mandela University. In the interim, the Centre is located at Bird Street Campus. This Centre is squarely aligned with the strategic priorities, intellectual direction and transformative imperatives of Nelson Mandela University.

The Centre seeks to prioritize diversity in knowledge creation, decolonization of curriculum content, co-curriculum creation (with students at the Centre), re-imagining community engagement (through community intellectual partnerships) and mainstreaming of gender in the university.  The Centre for Women and Gender studies is guided by the moral obligation of the context of higher education in South Africa, where gender questions have surfaced through violence against women.


Informed by the vision of the university to become a  “dynamic-African University recognized for the cutting edge knowledge towards a sustainable future”, this Centre is designed to approach  gender ‘agenda’ through African intellectual heritage rooted in the Eastern Cape feminist histories. The Centre seeks to provide a space for a deep historicization of the gender power relations in Africa and how they inform the postcolonial gender relations today.

The Centre seeks to position itself as the new African Feminist hub in the Eastern Cape, promoting the student and academic collaborations across the province. The centralization of the African women histories in this region is intentional in trying to deal with the so-called ‘absence’ of the African women intellectuals in our histories resulting in a “big man politics” that continues to define the public sphere.