Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa

Peace A. Medie

April 13, 2017

Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Room 2545, UMass Boston

International organizations such as the United Nations have prioritized law reform in the campaign to end gender-based violence. This has resulted in the passage of progressive gender-based violence laws in many states that are recovering from conflict. With Liberia and CÔte d’Ivoire as case studies, this talk analyzes the role of international organizations and local women’s organizations in law enforcement at the domestic level. Drawing on over three hundred interviews conducted in both countries, Medie probes the relationship between international organizations and local women’s nongovernmental organizations and the influence that these two sets of actors have on police enforcement of gender-based violence laws. Medie argues that the engagement of the UN and of women’s organization has differed in both countries leading to variation in police responses at the street-level.

Peace A. Medie is a Research Fellow in the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Her research centers on the dynamics of violence during and after conflicts and the steps that state and non-state actors take to address this violence. Her book manuscript, Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa, examines how international organizations and the women’s movement have influenced the implementation of gender-based violence norms in Liberia and CÔte d’Ivoire.

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