There is often a moment in time that acts as a rallying point around a particular issue. 2015 was one of those moments for women, peace and security as numerous landmark anniversaries were celebrated in the field. Africa has, in many ways, been the global laboratory for the gender, peace and security agenda, not only because of the number of conflicts occurring on the continent but also because African regional organisations, governments and civil society organisations have been at the forefront of striving for gender equality and implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. This book explores gender, peace and security in Africa from multiple angles, including: the conceptual and implementation challenges and shifts around women, peace and security in Africa over the last 15 years; women’s role as combatants in national liberation forces in South Africa; the dynamics of gender in the military through the lens of Kenyan women combatants; food security through a feminist lens; and a series of case studies on the nexus between gender and security in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Somalia. This book was previously published as a special issue of the African Security Review.
Table of Contents
Romi Sigsworth and Cheryl Hendricks
1. Women, peace and security in Africa Conceptual and implementation challenges and shifts
2. The convergence and divergence of three pillars of influence in gender and security
’Funmi Olonisakin, Cheryl Hendricks and Awino Okech
3. Women combatants and the liberation movements in South Africa: Guerrilla girls, combative mothers and the in-betweeners
4. Feminine masculinities in the military: The case of female combatants in the Kenya Defence Forces’ operation in Somalia
5. Gender, feminism and food studies: A critical review
6. A case study of gender and security sector reform in Zimbabwe
7. Women police in the Nigerian security sector
8. Madagascar: Paving the way to national ‘fampihavanana’ and lasting peace
9. Sexual and gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
10. Kenya and Somalia: Fragile constitutional gains for women and the threat of patriarchy
Hawa Noor Mohammed
Cheryl Hendricks is a Professor and Head of Political Science at University of Johannesburg. She has worked in the field of gender, peace and security, and security sector governance for well over a decade. She has worked extensively with civil society organisations on gender and security.
Romi Sigsworth is Editor of the African Security Review and Gender Specialist at the Institute for Security Studies. She has worked on various gender-related topics in South Africa and on the African continent for a decade.