Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone

Sex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development

Author: Megan MacKenzie

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479852503

Category: Political Science

Page: 187

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The eleven-year civil war in Sierra Leone from 1991 to 2002 was incomprehensibly brutal—it is estimated that half of all female refugees were raped and many thousands were killed. While the publicity surrounding sexual violence helped to create a general picture of women and girls as victims of the conflict, there has been little effort to understand female soldiers’ involvement in, and experience of, the conflict. Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone draws on interviews with 75 former female soldiers and over 20 local experts, providing a rare perspective on both the civil war and post-conflict development efforts in the country. Megan MacKenzie argues that post-conflict reconstruction is a highly gendered process, demonstrating that a clear recognition and understanding of the roles and experiences of female soldiers are central to both understanding the conflict and to crafting effective policy for the future.
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Why Women Rebel

Understanding Women's Participation in Armed Rebel Groups

Author: Alexis Leanna Henshaw

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315456605

Category: Political Science

Page: 147

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Why Women Rebel presents a global analysis of the extent to which women are engaged in armed, organized rebellions, and why they choose to join such rebellions. Henshaw has collected and analyzed data on women’s participation in over 70 post-Cold War rebel groups. The book provides a theoretical analysis drawing upon both mainstream literature in the social sciences and critical, feminist inquiry on women and political violence to offer a new gendered theory on why women rebel. The book reveals that women are active in over half of all rebel groups sampled and that, while the majority of rebel groups have women serving in support roles away from direct combat, approximately a third of these groups employ women in the conduct of armed attacks, and just over a quarter have women in a leadership capacity. Henshaw reaffirms the idea that women are more likely to be engaged in left-wing political organizations, but does suggest that more conservative or traditional movements may also successfully incorporate women by appealing to concerns about community rights. Addressing several gaps in the current literature on this topic, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of political science, international relations, security studies, and gender and women’s studies.
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Beyond the Band of Brothers

The US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight

Author: Megan MacKenzie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107049768

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

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Examines the role of women in the US military and the arguments used to justify the combat exclusion, in light of the decision to reverse the policy in 2013. The book will be welcomed by scholars and students of military studies, gender studies, social and military history, and foreign policy.
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Global Civil Society 2011

Globality and the Absence of Justice

Author: H. Seckinelgin,Billy Wong

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230303803

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Global Civil Society 2011 combines activist and academic accounts of contemporary struggles to promote, negotiate and deliver justice in a global frame without a central authority. In their engagement with cultural diversity and their networked communication the contributors rethink and remake justice beyond the confines of the nation state.
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Gender, violence and security

discourse as practice

Author: Laura J. Shepherd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781842779286

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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In this highly original poststructural feminist critique, the author maps the discursive terrains of institutions, both NGOs and the UN, which formulate and implement resolutions and guides of practice that affect gender issues in the context of international policy practices. Drawing together theoretical work on discourses of gender violence and international security, sexualized violence in war, gender and peace processes, and the domestic-international dichotomy with her own rigorous empirical investigation, the author develops a compelling discourse-theoretical analysis that promises to have far-reaching impact in both academic and policy environments.
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Women, War, Peace

The Independent Experts' Assessment on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women and Women's Role in Peace Building

Author: Elisabeth Rehn,Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Publisher: Kumarian Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 163

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* Includes first-hand testimonies of women from many different parts of the world * Looks at all aspects of women’s involvement in peace and conflict Progress of the World’s Women 2002, Volume One describes the effects of conflict on women and of their achievements in working towards peace and reconciliation. Based on interviews with women’s organizations, the media, religious organizations, and those directly involved in armed conflict and peace processes, the book also recommends action to increase protection for women and support their inclusion in peace negotiations.
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