Current Institutional Affiliation
Lecturer, School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguisti, University of Cape Town

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2013
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
African Gender Institute/Gender Studies section, University of Cape Town
Feminist notions of peace and security: Experiences of women's rights activists in Uganda

The research will explore the extent to which experiences of women's peace activists offer a critique to hegemonic discourses on peace and security about armed conflict in Africa. Feminist theorists argue that the glaring absence of women's experiences and presence in security discourse is due to a narrow state-centric approach to security that not only considers women as marginal agents of 'security' but also relies on stereotypical notions of women as people in need of protection, and men as brave, virile, competitive people that seek to protect women and society from violent attack. Drawing on critical feminist epistemologies, the research will problematize 15 women's everyday choices about creating security, reducing violence and making peace in Northern Uganda. In-depth interviews will explore women's gendered subjectivities performed across multiple roles and identities. Research participants will be drawn from Isis WICCE-Uganda – an organization that documents and responds to women's experiences of armed conflict. The research will also review research reports produced by Isis-WICCE.