From Combat to Community: Women and Girls of Sierra Leone

Authored by: Dyan Mazurana and Khristopher Carlson

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Human Development, Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Transitional Justice
Country: Sierra Leone
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2004
Citation: Mazurana, Dyan and Khristopher Carlson. From Combat to Community: Women and Girls of Sierra Leone. Cambridge, MA: Swanee Hunt Alternatives, 2004.

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Executive Summary

This report suggests that in most post-conflict societies women are actively engaged in peacebuilding, even though they are generally portrayed as passive victims. The report provides information from a study of women and girls in Sierra Leone that was designed to assess how gender sensitivity and mainstreaming can make disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration processes more effective, and documents how women have impacted individual reintegration programs.