Welcome to Women and Peacebuilding in Africa

The project (2016-2020), Women and Peacebuilding in Africa, looks at the cost of women’s exclusion and the possibilities for their inclusion in peace talks, peacebuilding, and political institutions in countries affected by war in Africa. The project is administered by the Center for Research on Gender and Women of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (lead), the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway, and Women’s International Peace Centre in Kampala, Uganda. Nine researchers affiliated with the project are conducting research in Algeria, northern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan and the overall project is directed by Aili Mari Tripp at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Project Themes and Focus

Project Themes:

1) Inclusion and Exclusion of Women in Postconflict Governance (Somalia and Algeria)

2) Women Activists’ Informal Peacebuilding Strategies (South Sudan and Northern Nigeria)

3) Women’s Legal Rights as a Site of Contestation in North Africa (Sudan and Algeria)

Project Focus:

The project is examining the struggle for women’s rights legal reform and political representation as important arenas for stemming the tide of extremism related to violence in Africa. It looks at women’s informal peacebuilding strategies and prospects for their inclusion in formal peace processes. The study examines the policy implications for ongoing conflict elsewhere in Africa and in the Middle East.


Photo CollageDr. Hauwa Biu, Professor of Education and Dean of Faculty of Education, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, Dr. Ayesha Imam, an independent scholar based in Senegal, and Maina Yahi, a social worker from Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria conducted research in northern Nigeria. Professor Ladan Affi from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, carried out research in Somalia. Dr. Samia al Nagar, an independent researcher, together with Dr. Liv Tønnessen, Senior Researcher at CMI, conducted research in Sudan. The South Sudan research component involves Ugandan researchers from Women’s International Peace Center, including its director Helen Kezie-Nwoha and Juliet Were. Finally, the Algeria study was conducted by Aili Mari Tripp, Wangari Maathai Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

More information about people involved in this project can be found here.