This chapter focuses on the lack of recognition for female soldiers in Sierra Leone. Despite ample evidence that females participated in the conflict, policy makers in Sierra Leone largely refused to acknowledge these women as beneficiaries, or as subjects worthy of policy attention. The resistance to recognizing female participation in war has mainly resulted from gendered norms and assumptions associated with conjugal order, including the idea that women are naturally peaceful due to their life-giving roles, and the notion that men, as heads of households, are the decision makers and the sole political actors within armed movements. As such, female soldiers in Sierra Leone were (re)constructed as “wives,” “camp followers,” or “sex slaves” in order to desecuritize, silence, and distinguish them from securitized male soldiers.
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