Category Archives: Gender

JEFCAS Seminar Series: SOAS – State fragility, violence and gender: where do men fit?

Venue: Pemberton Room 2.11

Date:  Wed 5th April 2017

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Speaker: Ms Judy El- Bushra (SOAS)

Ms Judy El- Bushra

About Ms Judy El- Bushra:

Judy El-Bushra has worked on issues of gender, conflict and peace-building for over 20 years, with NGOs such as ACORD, CARE International, and International Alert, focusing on the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes.

She has written on conflict and changing gender relations, the gender dimensions of sexual violence, HIV and AIDS, and more recently on gender in peace-building. Judy is a Research Associate at the department of Development studies in SOAS.

Cultural practices that affect children’s health must be revisited

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The author Alinah Kelo Segobye recently received funding from the Rotary Peace Centre, Peace Studies Department as a visiting scholar at the University of Bradford in 2016.
In this article she discusses why Africa must prioritise its youth if the development aspirations of the global Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and Agenda 2063 are to be realised.
Please find link to full article: https://theconversation.com/cultural-practices-that-affect-childrens-health-must-be-revisited-63787

About the Author

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Alinah Kelo Segobye has just completed a term as visiting scholar at the Rotary Peace Centre, University of Bradford. She is an honorary professor at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI), UNISA and former Deputy Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa. Segobye’s research includes Africa’s development, the archaeology of southern Africa, indigenous knowledge systems, heritage studies and HIV/AIDS. She has served as an advisor, facilitator and expert for a number of international organizations. She has authored and co-authored a number of essays and book chapters on themes including Africa’s development outlooks and the future of the past in Africa.

Annual Peace Studies & International Development Conference: Resources, Conflict and Development in Africa

The annual Peace Studies & International Development conference for Africanist doctoral students and early post-doctoral career scholars and practitioners is scheduled to take place on the 11th May 2017 at the University of Bradford in United Kingdom.

The conference theme is: Resources, Conflict and Development in Africa.

Conference cluster themes include:

1) Natural Resources and Conflict

2) Transition from Resource Conflict to Peace and Peacebuilding

3) Natural Resources, Demographic Change and Development

4) Conflict, Security, Peace and Development Nexus

5) Regional Integration, Security and Development

6) Africa and the Rest of the World
The conference is open to doctoral students and early career scholars, researchers and practitioners. Potential participants and paper presenters are required to submit an Abstract of 200 – 300 words on or before 15th November 2016 to:              africanistpgrc2017-group@uni.bradford.ac.uk
All shortlisted participants will be required to submit the first draft of their papers at least two months before the conference. The conference is expected to result in a co-edited book (Lead Editor: Professor Kenneth Omeje, Senior Research Fellow, John & Elnora Ferguson Centre of African Studies, University of Bradford). Kindly note that all short-listed participants will be responsible for the full-cost of their participation, including visa, travels, accommodation and subsistence.

For full details on the conference: conference-call-oct-2016-revised-version-1

Upcoming JEFCAS Seminar- NATO’s Tim Randall speaks on stabilization efforts in Mogadishu

This coming WednesdayNATO’s Stabilization Planner, Tim Randall, will be leading the December JEFCAS seminar his organization’s work in the Somali capital.

Read the abstract for the seminar here.

The seminar will take place Wednesday 2nd December, 4-6 pm, in Pemberton building room 2.11.

 

The re-translation of UNSCR1325 on ‘Women, Peace and Security’ through conflict in Liberia and DRC – possibilities, challenges and my naiveté

UNSCR 1325 stands for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 that was unanimously adopted in 2000 by the Security Council. The resolution requests all states, UN agencies and NGOs to consider incorporating female demands and needs into policy in peacebuilding due to their vulnerability during times of conflict and war. In addition, coping with the gender-blinded orientation of the policy was one of the triggers of the inception of the resolution. In fact, under-representation of females in the peace process have been criticised by many scholars so often even though the former, like men, worked as soldiers.

For example, in the Liberian conflict from 1989 to 2003, about 30,000 females were affiliated with all the fighting forces. In other words, they had carried a double burden, working as soldiers and facing sexual violence.

However, I argue that such an analysis risks providing a misleading reality of war on the issue of violence, especially sexual violence.

According to the report that was conducted in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo by Johnson et al (2010), it was pointed out that males are also vulnerable regarding sexual violence. Moreover, male victims tend to remain silent and feel much more difficulties than females to publicise their own experience due to socially-constructed ‘manliness’.

The aforementioned SCR1325 aims to focus upon female active engagement in the state-building process due to their invisibility. There is, however, a fear that too much focus on women may cause denial of male vulnerability; therefore, it may be possible to suggest that during implementation of SCR1325 and, retranslation of the resolution, sensitivity to male vulnerability is a crucial issue that should not be ignored.

References

Security Council, S/RES/1325. (2000)Women and peace and security.
Amnesty International. (2009) “Lessons from Liberia: Reintegration women in post conflict Liberia.”
Johnson K, S. J. R. B. and et al. (2010) Association of sexual violence and human rights violations with physical and mental health in territories of the eastern democratic republic of the Congo. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 304 (5), pp.553-62.