Mozambique and the Construction of Gendered Agency in War


Jacobson, Ruth. 2006. “Mozambique and the Construction of Gendered Agency in War.” Women’s Studies International Forum 29 (5): 499–509. doi:10.1016/j.wsif.2006.07.007.

Author: Ruth Jacobson


This case study of Mozambique examines the three most recent episodes in the country's history of war and struggle from the perspective of feminist International Relations. It argues that, while there are some grounds for regarding the Mozambican post-conflict transition as ‘successful’, introducing a gendered analysis of security and agency makes this description more problematic. It sets out to capture some of the interfaces between armed conflict at the national and international level, gendered violence and women's agency in Mozambique with field data gathered between the early 1980s and 2004, and also interrogates the notion of a homogenous ‘women's movement.’

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Gender-Based Violence, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Security Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: Mozambique

Year: 2006

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