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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Women and security governance in Africa
Editors:Olonisakin, FunmiISNI
Okech, Awino
City of publisher:Cape Town
Geographic terms:Africa
Sierra Leone
Subjects:national security
human security
African Union
Abstract:This book examines the nature and scope of security governance discourse in varying contexts in Africa and assesses to what extent this converges with women's security concerns and aspirations. It is guided by the thesis that the extent to which women's agendas are visible in security governance arrangements is a reflection of a society's realization (or not) of a people-centred and inclusive security. The chapters are grouped into three parts. Part 1 offers a conceptual understanding of security governance within three frameworks: the domain of international relations (Funmi Olonisakin), transitional justice processes (Comfort Ero), and the role of women in the African State (Awino Okech). Part 2 focuses on country case studies that bring to bear the engagement of women in conflict and postconflict processes. Drawing on Liberia (Ecoma Alaga), Sierra Leone (Mohammed Sidi Bah), and Mozambique (Helen Scanlon and Benilde Nhalevilo), the authors highlight the complex arrangements involved in negotiating a space for women's engagement in the cessation of violence and in rebuilding the State. Part 3 looks at the regional context in which security governance is being translated into a normative framework, focusing on ECOWAS (Eka Ikpe) and the African Union (Tim Murithi). [ASC Leiden abstract]