Pink Panther

Men dominate Liberia’s motorcycle taxi sector. There are only 10 women riders in the country, and they call themselves the Pink Panthers All Female Motorcycle Club of Liberia. KD is one of them. In this film, she talks about international efforts to support women’s entry into the sector and explains why motorcycling is important to gender equality and economic empowerment.

Runtime: 16:54 mins

Main Credits

Director/Producer                 Jaremey McMullin

Camera                                  Matthew Hyndman

Editor                                     Tanja Schangin

Research Assistance               Kennedy K. Berrian

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

What were the successes and failures of the Pink Panthers programme? What were the reasons for these?

How does KD draw on diverse emotions to situate her involvement in the motorcycle taxi sector? What impact do these different emotions have on how concepts like development, livelihood, and peacebuilding are understood and evaluated?

Which gendered claims are made in the film and how do these various claims converge and diverge?

How are power and authority signalled and implicated in terms of how gendered claims are made in the film?

 

SUPPLEMENTARY READING

Tine Davids, Francien Van Driel, and Franny Parren (2014) ‘Feminist Change Revisited: Gender Mainstreaming as Slow Revolution,’ Journal of International Development, 26:3, 396-408.

Helen S. A. Basini (2013) ‘Gender Mainstreaming Unraveled: The Case of DDRR in Liberia,’ International Interactions, 39, 535-557.

Jacqui True and Laura Parisi (2013) ‘Gender Mainstreaming Strategies in International Governance,’ pp.37-56 in Gülay Caglar, Elisabeth Prügl, and Susanne Zwingel (eds) Feminist Strategies in International Governance (New York: Routledge).

Mats Utas (2005) ‘Victimcy, Girlfriending, Soldiering: Tactic Agency in a Young Woman’s Social Navigation of the Liberian War Zone,’ Anthropological Quarterly, 78:2, 403-430.

 

WEB RESOURCES

Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC)