Gender Mainstreaming in Conflict Transformation: Building Sustainable Peace

Authored by: Rawwida Baksh, Linda Etchart, Elsie Onubogu, Tina Johnson (Editors)

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Climate and Environment, Democratization and Political Participation, Peace Accords, Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Transitional Justice
Country: Bangladesh, Cyprus, India, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sri Lanka
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2002
Citation: Baksh, Rawwida, Linda Etchart, Elsie Onubogu, and Tina Johnson, eds. Gender Mainstreaming in Conflict Transformation: Building Sustainable Peace. London, UK: Commonwealth Secretariat, 2002.

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Executive Summary

Issues of socio-economic development, democracy and peace are inextricably linked to gender equality. The main argument of Gender Mainstreaming in Conflict Transformation: Building Sustainable Peace is that gender equality needs to be placed on the policy programme of the entire spectrum of peace and conflict-related initiatives and activities in order to achieve conflict transformation. These include conflict prevention and early warning mechanisms; peace negotiations and agreements; peacekeeping, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration; truth and reconciliation commissions; post-conflict reconstruction; and peace building and peace education. In the Commonwealth, as globally, armed conflict has moved into the village, the community, the street and the home, resulting in a gendered distribution of suffering among women and girls, and men and boys. What is less well known, however, is that women have been making significant contributions to peace processes and rebuilding their societies in all phases of the conflict.