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War and Peace in SomaliaNational Grievances, Local Conflict and Al-Shabaab$
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Michael Keating and Matt Waldman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190947910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190947910.001.0001

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Beyond Principles

Beyond Principles

The Inclusion of Somali Women in Peacemaking

(p.239) Beyond Principles
War and Peace in Somalia

Judith Gardner

Oxford University Press

This chapter challenges the conventional understanding of the roles of men and women in the Somali conflict. It suggests that women are involved in intra‐ and inter-clan conflict in many different ways, including in financing, mobilization, logistics, intelligence, and active fighting. The roles they take are closely connected with clan affiliation and the current situation of the clan. It appears that kinship and clan are often exploited for elite interests. However, women have also taken action to end conflict. In Kismayo, women have worked for peace through a range of means, including persuasion, mobilization, fundraising, organizing demonstrations, or advocacy. These findings underscore the importance of women's full and meaningful involvement in peace-building.

Keywords:   Somali women, Somalia, peace-building, political participation, Somali conflict

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