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Young female fighters in African wars: conflict and its consequences
The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the numerous armed conflicts that are tearing the African continent apart, young women are participants and carry guns alongside their male comrades-in-arms. Challenging the stereotype of women in African wars as victims only, this issue of the Nordic Africa Institute Policy Dialogues shows how in modern African wars women have often been as active as men. Female fighters are victimized, yet they are not mere victims. Girls and young women who volunteer to fight often possess quite considerable strength and independence. Programmes for disarming, demobilizing, and reintegrating former fighters must be based on better understanding of the range of women's roles and experiences in war and post-war settings in order to act in a gender-sensitive way and to empower this group of women in the aftermath of war.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2008. , 51 p.
Series
NAI Policy Dialogue, ISSN 1654-6709 ; 3
Keyword [en]
Civil war, Armed forces, Guerrillas, Females, Women's participation, Gender roles, Government programmes, Disarmament, Social implications, Survival strategies, Demobilization, Post-conflict reconstruction
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-148ISBN: 978-91-7106-634-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-148DiVA: diva2:241304
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CONTENTS -- Women and war -- Female fighters : disarmament and demobilization -- Surviving peaceAvailable from: 2009-10-02 Created: 2009-10-01 Last updated: 2010-02-24Bibliographically approved

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