n Conflict Trends - Conflict , peace and patriarchy : female combatants in Africa and elsewhere

Volume 2015, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Is the portrayal of women as peaceful and men as violent appropriate? This problematique needs to be explored, as the ever-increasing presence of women in conflicts across Africa and elsewhere demonstrates that war is not an exclusive male bastion and women are not necessarily always peaceful. Despite literature on women's participation in war, their role remains undervalued. The battlefield continues to be understood and analysed as a male bastion. Female combatants remain on the margins of war-related discourses. War is understood as a masculine endeavour for which women may serve as victim, spectator or prize.

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