Saharawi women and their voices as political representatives abroad

Rossetti, Sonia (2012) Saharawi women and their voices as political representatives abroad. Journal of North African Studies, 17 2: 337-353. doi:10.1080/13629387.2011.627772

Author Rossetti, Sonia
Title Saharawi women and their voices as political representatives abroad
Journal name Journal of North African Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1362-9387
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13629387.2011.627772
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 337
End page 353
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
3303 Development
3320 Political Science and International Relations
Abstract The UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, invites all members States to introduce gender perspective in framing the re-building of post-conflict nations. The Resolution, stresses the importance to increase women's participation in all aspects of conflict prevention and peace keeping processes. This article looks at gender mainstreaming practices in political representation abroad introduced by the government-in-exile of the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). Since Spain withdrew its colonial power from the Western Sahara's territory, and Morocco began its occupation, Saharawi men and women have been recruited by the liberation movement Polisario, as foreign representatives abroad. The National Union of Saharawi Women and the women's involvement in the camps' administration have been regarded by scholars and international observers as a distinctive feature of the SADR. In this paper, an ethnographical approach is used to look at Saharawi political representatives in Italy and Australia to examine whether a balanced gender representation in foreign representation can enhance interaction with international supporters. This study shows that women's participation in foreign representative's roles, especially in post-conflict scenarios, can improve third parties understanding of societal, cultural and religious differences of the country represented abroad. Hence, countries coming from post-conflict turmoil could benefit of greater international support if the participation of women could help overcome societal differences.
Keyword Diplomacy
Gender mainstreaming
Political representatives
Western Sahara
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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