Gender Equity and Peacebuilding – From Rhetoric to Reality: Finding the Way

Authored by: Richard Strickland, Nata Duvvury

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Human Development, Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: El Salvador, Timor Leste, Burundi, Guatemala
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2003
Citation: Strickland, Richard and Nata Duvvury. Gender Equity and Peacebuilding - From Rhetoric to Reality: Finding the Way. Washington, DC: International Center for Research on Women, 2003.

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This paper is the product of a review of recent litera- ture on issues of gender in the context of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. It was prepared as background material for an international workshop on gender equity and peacebuilding jointly convened by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Key findings and research questions are presented in relation to the effective integration of gender concerns into policies and programs that shape post-conflict societies. There has been progress in considering a gender perspective in international thinking, policy statements, and programs related to peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction, as evidenced by recent documentation on this topic from the United Nations. Findings reported below indicate a slow but positive shift in international opinion and understanding about the consequences of conflict on women and the importance of their participation in peacebuilding processes and post-conflict social transformation. However, gender discrimination continues through political exclusion, economic marginalization, and sexual violence during and after conflict, denying women their human rights and constraining the potential for development.