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South African female peacekeepers on mission in Africa: Progress, challenges and policy options for increased participation
The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

South Africa’s contribution of troops to peace missions is the 13th largest in the world, and the country has the largest women’s contingent deployed in Peace Support Operations (PSOs). Although, South Africa is one of only a handful of countries incorporating women in combat positions and PSOs, on average the picture of female participation remains less rosy.On the policy level, South Africa has committed itself to gender mainstreaming in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000). The UN Resolution on Women, Peace and Security calls for, among other things, full inclusion of women in all aspects of peace-related activities, including peacekeeping. On 31 October2010, the world will mark the 10th anniversary of Resolution 1325, just as in 2009 South Africa celebrated ten years of participation in international peacekeeping operations. This is a pertinent time to take stock of South Africa’s progress in improving the gender balance in its military, specifically in its contribution to PSOs, and the opportunities and obstacles that exist in this process.This Policy Note is based on information collected from questionnaires, interviews and reports, along with insights gleaned from discussion groups at the 2007 SANDF Women’s Day Conference to identify the progress of, and challenges to the SANDF in improving the gender balance in its peacekeeping activities. These initial research findings form part of a larger project on South African involvement in peacekeeping, focusing in particular on the status, position and role of women decision-makers and peacekeepers. Problems encountered by women peacekeepers and the challenges faced by the SANDF are not unique and the recommendations may therefore be of relevance beyond South Africa, particularly to those African countries across the continent attempting to attract more women into, and mainstream gender in the military and PSOs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2010. , 4 p.
Series
NAI Policy Notes, ISSN 1654-6695 ; 2010/1
Keyword [en]
South Africa, South Africa National Defence Force, Peace corps, Peacekeeping, Women's participation, Women's rights, Gender equality, Women's role, Women's status
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-979ISBN: 978-91-7106-664-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-979DiVA: diva2:291813
Available from: 2010-02-03 Created: 2010-02-03 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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