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What Women Do in Wartime: Gender and Conflict in Africa

Authored by: Meredeth Turshen and Clotilde Twagiramariya (Editors)

Categories: Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Violent Conflict
Country: Chad, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 1998
Citation: Turshen, Meredeth and Clotilde Twagiramariya, eds. What Women Do in Wartime: Gender and Conflict in Africa. London: Zed Books, 1998.

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Executive Summary

This is the first book to describe and analyze the experience of women in African civil wars. A mixture of reportage, testimony and scholarship, the book includes contributions from women in Chad, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa and Sudan. The political context of these conflicts is outlined in an introduction to each chapter. The book profiles women's responses to war, as combatants as well as victims, and describes the groups women organize in the aftermath. The first book to examine rape and other forms of gendered political violence in African civil wars, this extraordinary volume is also about women taking action for change.