At the end of the civil war in 2004 in Burundi, when different ceasefire agreements were enforced, former male and female fighters were reintegrated into the country’s security forces. But six years down the line, measures truly to integrate women into this sector are taking time.
The underrepresentation of women in decision-making bodies, partly due to the fact that there are statistically fewer women (2.9%), but also due to their lack of necessary training, constitutes a barrier between female police officers and their rights.
Despite some recent encouraging signs, significant challenges still remain and further support from donors is necessary to back efforts aimed at fully integrating women into Burundi’s political and security sectors.
The study is part of a multi-country research project led by FRIDE on state-building and women’s citizenship.
In collaboration with:
|Ligue Burundaise des Droits de l’Homme (ITEKA)|