Gender, Conflict and Peace

Peace studies is a growing academic field that has its scholarly roots in international relations (IR), political science, and history. All three academic disciplines consider the nation state as a primary constitutive element of the international system and central to social stability, security, and peace. This has been heavily critiqued by IR feminists (Still, 1998; Stean 1998, among others) who associate the notion of the nation state with an embedded patriarchal system that entrenches hierarchical social relations across race, class, and gender. In this section on Gender, Conflict and Peace, we present the following resources : Teaching gender, conflict and peace: A review essay; An Academic Course On Gender, Conflict, And Peace In Africa; Women's Peace Activism - Organizations and Polices on Gender, Peace and Security.

See also - Feminist Africa Issue 10, 2008. Militarism, Conflict and Women's Activism

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Last week saw the launch of the book Striking the Rights Chord: Perspectives on Advancement from Human Rights Organisations in South Africa. Published by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement.

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As the world commemorates the 16 days of activism under the theme” From Peace in the Home to Peace in the world: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence against women!,” Isis-WICCE in partnership with Lango District Leaders Forum, Women Peace Initiatives Uganda (WOPI-U), the Norwegian Embassy in Uganda, and Care International, in Uganda, announce this year’s annual Peace Exposition to be held in Lira District during the 16 days of activism, starting from 26th of November to the 1st of December, calling government  of Uganda, partners  and all Ugandans to respond and prevent Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Uganda,  and the Lango sub region in particular.


As the world is about to celebrate 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, from November 25th to December 10th, 2012, and following the taking of Goma and Sake, two cities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo by the M23 rebels, Si Jeunesse Savait (SJS), a young feminist and congolese organisation, is concerned by recent developments in the situation, which echoes through the media.

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The program, currently in its second year, responds to a shortage of well-trained faculty now reaching crisis proportions in African higher education. The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and increase retention of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Applications are now being accepted.


Long before people took to the streets of Tunis and the squares of Cairo, two important acts of mass civil resistance tipped the balance of power and forced concessions for democratization in Guinea (2007) and Madagascar (2009), with women maintaining visible leadership within the top tiers of the mobilizations.

Article written by Hakima Abbas can be viewed at Pambazuka News. Click here.

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