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Negotiating the Transition to Democracy and Reforming the Security Sector: The Vital Contributions of South African Women

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini

A decade after the end of apartheid rule, South Africa transformed the security sector by encouraging citizen participation and emphasizing human security and development. Women of all races, views, and values played a central role in shaping the security transition, proving that women are vital to peace and security building. This paper analyzes the strategies South African women used to gain full participation in decision making and their subsequent contributions to the transformation of security policies and structures.