The Role of Women in Election Violence

Thursday, 25 May, 2017 - 13:00

Tafadzwa Zvobgo

Abstract – The study of the women in elections and election violence tends to concentrate on the persecution and abuse of women, on political participation and the under-representation of women on the political sphere. Fundamentally, these analyses focus on the victimisation of women. Few studies have been done on the role of women as perpetrators of political violence. This seminar aims to consider the participation of women in political violence and concentrates on investigating their role as protagonists of election violence. The presentation is focused on election violence in Zimbabwe from 2000 onwards. The seminar will address the motivations of women perpetrators, the type of violence implemented, and the political dynamics which encourage the participation of women in election violence.

Tafadzwa Zvobgo is a PhD student in Political Science at the Institut des Mondes Africains (IMAF) research centre of Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She is interested in conflicts, election violence and conflict resolution in Africa. Her current research focuses on understanding the participation of perpetrators of election violence in Zimbabwe.