Gender, Conflict, and Development

Authored by: Tsjeard Bouta, Georg Frerks, and Ian Bannon

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Human Development, Political Transitions
Region: No Region
Year: 2005
Citation: Bouta, Tsjeard, Georg Frerks, and Ian Bannon. Gender, Conflict, and Development. Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2005.

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Executive Summary

Gender, Conflict, and Development' was written as an effort to fill a gap between the Bank's work on gender mainstreaming and its agenda in conflict and development. The authors identify a link between gender and conflict issues and provide the most comprehensive review of external and internal sources on gender and conflict, with a particular focus on policy relevance for an institution such as the Bank. The book highlights the gender dimensions of conflict, organized around major relevant themes such as female combatants, sexual violence, formal and informal peace processes, the legal framework, work, the rehabilitation of social services and community-driven development. And for each theme it analyzes how conflict changes gender roles and the policy options that might be considered to build on positive aspects while minimizing adverse changes. The suggested policy options and approaches aim to take advantage of the opportunity afforded by violent conflict to encourage change and build more inclusive and gender balanced social, economic and political relations in post-conflict societies. The book concludes by identifying some of the remaining challenges and themes that require additional analysis and research. The book will be of interest to policymakers, scholars, researchers, graduate and upper-level undergraduate students of conflict studies/regional studies/gender studies.