Young Female Fighters in African Wars: Conflict and its Consequences.

Author:

Coulter, C. Utas, M. & Persson, M.

Editor:

Date:

2008

Region:

Africa

Theme:

Gender, Disaster and Conflict

Language:

English

Publisher:

Full Harvard Reference:

Coulter, C. Utas, M. & Persson, M. (2008). Young Female Fighters in African Wars: Conflict and its Consequences. Nordiska Africa Institutet, Uppsala, Sweden. pp. 1-54

The authors explore that while women are key participants within wars in Africa, they remain invisible to outsiders due to the 'northern' views on women that affect their specific needs during and post conflict. The book questions the circumstances by which women participate in wars including voluntary engagement, abduction or political motivation, the role of women in fighting forces, and the issues of rape and sexual exploitation. Authors then explore post conflict reality and the role for gender sensitive programmes to address issues of stigma, demobilization, post-war marriage, health, and education.