Women and War in Africa: A Socio-historical Analysis

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Call for Papers
June 5, 2019
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Communication, Peace History / Studies, Social Sciences, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The ancient and modern history of Africa is replete with wars. From inter-tribal and inter-communal warfare of time immemorial to the Arab Invasion of the north (circa 639 -1830); from the Transatlantic Slave Trade (circa 1440 - 1870) to (Post)colonization (1884 – 1960s), through to the World Wars and subsequent civil cum unconventional warfare, wars have continued to define the continent’s paradigmatic temporality, thereby hampering its development and threatening its existence.

In all these, scholars of War/Peace and Conflict Studies, while relying on the experience and history of the World Wars as well as the plethora of civil and unconventional civil strife that have ravaged the continent, widely assert that women are the most vulnerable in wartimes. This assertion which captures the disproportionate impact of wars on women and girls relative to their male counterparts particularly in Africa and indeed the world over resonates with the outlook of the United Nations Security Council which on April 23, 2019 adopted Resolution 2467 on Women, Peace and Security seeking to address and eliminate sexual violence as weapon of war in wartimes and as weapon of reprisal in post-conflict settings.

It is against this backdrop that this edited book welcomes well thought-out chapters on critical socio-historical, theoretical and empirical discourses to deconstruct the multifaceted dynamics of the challenges faced by African Women within and outside the continent in wartimes and how these challenges impact on them, their families and impede their contribution to the socio-economic cum political development of the African continent in particular and the world at large. The book which could not have come at a better time will pioneer contemporary scholarship around the recently adopted UNSCR 2467 while at once serving as source of information to students and researchers of institutions of higher learning in Africa and beyond.


  • Women in war and conflict: A global overview
  • Women in conflict: A theoretical analysis
  • Addressing maternal health challenges in times of war, political and ethnic conflicts
  • Rape and battery against women during wars and conflict: The question of social justice
  • Women and armed conflict in Africa: A review of psycho-social implications on women
  • Adherence to international instruments of protection of women in times of war
  • The role of the International War Crimes Tribunal and the International Court of Justice at The Hague in providing justice for women after war
  • Women mortality in war and conflict situations from 1900-2017.
  • Women in peace building, mediation and conflict resolution
  • Implications of war on Women’s education in society
  • Impact of war and conflict on health systems strengthening in the 21st century
  • Personal experiences of women in war
  • Media reportage of women in wartimes
  • The New Media and women in wartimes
  • Femi-terrorism and the African Woman
  • Women and the theory of Just War
  • Historical and theoretical discourses on impact of war on the roles of women in societal development.
  • Prognostications on the UNSCR 2467 on Women, Peace and Security
  • UNSCRs 1325 and 2467: Theoretical Correlates
  • Women, War and ‘Afropolicom’ (African Political Communication)
  • Any other related topic

The book will be published by a reputable international publisher.

Submit Extended Abstracts of 500 words and sub-headings to be covered

Abstract Deadline: Wednesday 5th June, 2019 (11:59pm GMT)

Email: womeninwarandconflict@gmail.com

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Book Editors

S. Akinmayowa Lawal, PhD

Dr Lawal is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. He is a NIH/Fogarty Global Health Fellow (2018-2019). He holds a PhD in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin (University of Dublin), Ireland. His research interests include health sociology, women studies, health policy and management, global health partnerships, public health and primary care, health policy and systems research, health education, bioethics and global mental health. His current research is on “Exploring Community Engagement Approaches for Mental Health Care Delivery in Nigeria”.


Sharon Omotoso, PhD

Dr Sharon Adetutu Omotoso is currently with the Gender Studies Program at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she coordinates the Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC). She is a Chartered Mediator & Conciliator, Senior Research Fellow Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA). she has published significantly in research areas of Applied Ethics, Media & Gender studies, Political Communications, Philosophy of Education, Socio-Political Philosophy, and African Philosophy. She recently co-edited Gender Based Violence in Nigeria and Beyond and the Springer-published book: Political Communication in Africa.