Young Female Fighters in African Wars

Citation:

Coulter, Chris, Mariam Persson, and Mats Utas. 2008. Young Female Fighters in African Wars. Uppsala, Sweden: Nordic Africa Institute.

Authors: Chris Coulter, Mariam Persson, Mats Utas

Abstract:

In the numerous armed conflicts that are tearing the African continent apart, young women are participants and carry guns alongside their male comrades-in-arms. Challenging the stereotype of women in African wars as victims only, this book shows how in modern African wars women have often been as active as men. Female fighters are victimized, yet they are not mere victims. Girls and young women who volunteer to fight often possess quite considerable strength and independence. Programs for disarming, demobilizing, and reintegrating former fighters must be based on better understanding of the range of women’s roles and experiences in war and post-war settings in order to act in a gender-sensitive way and to empower this group of women in the aftermath of war. (Amazon)

Topics: Armed Conflict, Combatants, Child Soldiers, DDR, Gender, Girls, Boys, Post-Conflict Regions: Africa

Year: 2008

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