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Title:The European Commission considers gender & security
Author:Turshen, MeredethISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:human security
gender inequality
civil wars
Abstract:The Unit for Protection and Security of the Citizen, part of the Joint Research Centre, which is attached to the European Commission, convened a workshop on gender and security on 8 March 2006, International Women's Day. A group of 50 scientists, mostly women, grappled with new definitions of security that could appreciate the concerns of women as well as men. From a gendered point of view, there are ten threats to human security and in each women are at a greater disadvantage than men. Based on data for sub-Saharan Africa, this paper examines these threats, which include economic, food, health, education, employment, environment, personal, community, political and legal, and cultural insecurity. Apart from male/female inequalities, in each case, the indicators show a worse case situation in war-torn countries. The study of conflicts offers insights into the fate of women when war disrupts systems of subordination. The fracturing of social ties permits some women to take on new roles and responsibilities. It is doubtful, however, whether such improvements in women's standing will change the structures of subordination of women. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]