Military: Women's Participation: Sub-Saharan Africa
(1,945 words)

Women in Sub-Saharan African countries have had an ambivalent relationship with the militaries of their societies. Since the mid-1990s, African women have become best known for the creation of unprecedented peace networks and movements throughout Africa – a vital response to the rash of post-Cold War armed conflicts there. Although statistics on women and militarism are almost impossible to obtain, the clear involvement of African women with informal militias and informal militaries is disprovin…

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Mikell, Gwendolyn, “Military: Women's Participation: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 January 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0117a>
First published online: 2009



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