Crossing the Lines: Women’s Organizations in Conflict Resolutions

Authored by: Shelley Anderson

Categories: Peace Support Operations, Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Transitional Justice
Country: Bosnia, Croatia, Liberia, Northern Ireland, Serbia, South Africa, Sudan
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2000
Citation: Anderson, Shelley. "Crossing the Lines: Women's Organizations in Conflict Resolutions." Development 43 (2000): 34-9.

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Executive Summary

Shelley Anderson argues that community-based women’s organizations are playing a key role in rebuilding post-conflict societies and in reconciliation. Lack of resources, especially financial resources, and lack of decision-making political power are major obstacles. While women’s peace activism challenges many gender stereotypes, there is a danger that women’s role in peace-building may also perpetuate such stereotypes.