Reintegration of Female Soldiers in Various Countries in Africa

Led by Elise Fredrikke Barth
Jan 2001 - Dec 2002
The focus of this project was female soldiers and their reintegration into society following a war. Female soldiers often challenge deeply anchored preconceptions of gender identity. This has implications for the reintegration of such women into civil society. This project constituted a compara-tive study of the phenomenon of female soldiers and their reintegration, with special attention to African countries. It built on fieldwork material from Eritrea, as well as various types of material from other African countries where experi-ences with female soldiers have been documented. The project involved several fieldwork and fact-collection trips. It resulted in a report to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Peace as Disappointment, PRIO Report 3/2002 (Oslo: PRIO), as well as several popular and academic articles.

Publications

Book Chapter

Barth, Elise Fredrikke (2003) Når krig er bedre enn fred – kvinnelige soldater i Eritreas frigjøringskrig [When War is Better Than Peace – Female Soldiers in the Eritrean Liberation War], in Sociologisk Forskning Temanummer: 'Krig og Konflikt'. UMEÅ: (9–15).

PRIO Report

Barth, Elise Fredrikke (2002) Peace as Disappointment: The Reintegration of Female Soldiers in Post-Conflict Societies: A Comparative Study from Africa, PRIO Report, 3. Oslo: PRIO.