Women, Peace and Security in the SADC Region: Progress, Prospects and Challenges

TitleWomen, Peace and Security in the SADC Region: Progress, Prospects and Challenges
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsKurebwa, Jeffrey
Book TitleAfrican Studies: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
PublisherIGI Global, Information Science Reference
CityHershey, PA

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda is a key part of the international, continental and regional programme for attaining sustainable and durable peace. Conflict and post-conflict situations have a different impact on women, men, boys and girls. During conflicts, women and children are more vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation, displacement, a change to household relations and poverty. There have been concerted efforts to identify and address the impact of conflict on women and children and to provide for more responsive, representative and inclusive peace and security structures and processes. SADC countries have made great strides in enacting gender sensitive legislations, representation of women in cabinet, parliament, local government, and security sector institutions. Women have not adequately been represented in mediation and peace-building efforts and most peace agreements lack gender sensitivity. Peace agreements do not include reference to specific needs or interests of women. [ResearchGate]

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