n Conflict Trends - Gender considerations in the protection of civilians : experiences from field missions

Volume 2013, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


This article explores the normative architecture on protection of civilians (PoC) and examines how missions and host communities are operationalising this concept. The United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) are increasingly, and more actively, addressing PoC, and are particularly incorporating the gender dimension into PoC. In this analysis, three current peacekeeping operations in Africa are examined, namely the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the Hybrid AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). This article focuses on the experiences of these three peacekeeping missions in incorporating gender considerations into the PoC strategy at the mission and field level. After examining the challenges that peace support operations (PSOs) in Africa have encountered in addressing gender issues during the enforcement of PoC mandates, the article provides recommendations for strengthening the POC.

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