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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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From the Margins to the Centre

From the Margins to the Centre

Somali Women in Peacebuilding

(p.257) From the Margins to the Centre
War and Peace in Somalia

Hamdi Mohamed

Oxford University Press

Using data collected from in-depth interviews with 13 Somali women, this chapter re-examines the dominant assumptions about women and peace-building. It explores how women's participation in peace-building manifests itself in Somali politics; identifies distinctive gender dimensions of peace-building; and explores the particular ways women negotiate and influence peace. It makes the case for a new recognition of women's roles in peace-building and argues that Somali women are already employing successful strategies to negotiate space within the political domain and build peace within their families and communities. As such, the chapter goes beyond the false dichotomy of formal/informal peace-building activities, and contends that the current narrative, which is based on simplistic explanations of women and politics, fails to take into account the historical context of women's agency and the vastly changing political and community dynamics that impact how women participate in peace-building.

Keywords:   Somali women, Somalia, peace-building, women's role, political participation, Somali politics

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