Gender, Peace and Peacekeeping: Lessons from Southern Africa


Pillay, Anu. 2006. Gender, Peace and Peacekeeping: Lessons from Southern Africa. 128. Pretoria, South Africa: Institute for Security Studies.

Author: Anu Pillay


This paper reflects on the intersection between gender, peace and peacekeeping. The author draws on evidence from two Southern African peacekeeping experiences (UNOMSA in South Africa and MONUC in the DRC) to contend that having a critical mass of women in peacekeeping missions can make the mission more effective, but also changes gender stereotypes and rigid patriarchal gender roles. The author views conflict as, amongst other things, a motor of transformation. Conflict, though certainly fraught with gender-based violence, presents an opportunity for women to seek to change existing gendered power relations. (ISS Africa).

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Gender Roles, Gender-Based Violence, Gendered Power Relations, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Peace Processes, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual Violence, Rape, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, SV against Women Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: South Africa

Year: 2006

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