Gender and Peace Building in Africa

Authored by: Dina Rodriguez and Edith Natukunda-Togboa

Categories: Peace Support Operations
Sub-Categories: Peacemaking, Security Sector Reform (SSR)
Country: Africa
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2005
Citation: Rodriguez, Dina and Edith Natukunda-Togboa. "Gender and Peace Building in Africa." San Jose, Costa Rica: University for Peace, 2005.

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Executive Summary

This report provides a comphrensive collection of research on Africa’s progress and challenges for the future, especially in terms of gender relations and peace. Its contributions ultimately lead to the argument that, in spite of the various ways in which women contribute to peace processes, formal peace negotiations and traditional institutions exclude them from participation in leadership and decision-making positions. Moreover, it highlights how the gains made in gender relations during conflicts are usually reversed in the post-conflict period. The volume explores important developments towards gender equity and gives clear suggestions about how to strengthen this central principle in organizing for a different world.