Women, Gender, and Peacebuilding
This chapter provides an overview of Africa’s gender architecture and several mainstream efforts to achieve gender equality in peacekeeping and peacebuilding processes, while promoting new and trans-disciplinary suggestions for realising justice, equality, and harmonious relations between the sexes on the continent. The chapter commences by outlining the policy framework on gender and peace in Africa created by the African Union (AU), Africa’s regional economic communities (RECs), and the United Nations (UN). The chapter then identifies and problematises the focus on quotas for women as a key solution to gender inequality, and discusses and endorses the notion of militarism as presented by various African feminists. It puts forward several mainly theoretical recommendations for achieving progress towards gender equality, as well as suggestions for realising these recommendations in practice.