Gender Relations, Violence and Conflict Transformation

Authored by: Cilja Harders

Categories: Peace Support Operations, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Peacemaking
Region: No Region
Year: 2011
Citation: Harders, Cilja. "Gender Relations, Violence and Conflict Transformation." In Advancing Conflict Transformation: The Berghof Handbook II, edited by Beatrix Austin, Martina Fischer, and Hans-Joachim Giessmann, 131-155. Opladen, Germany: Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2011.

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Why is it important to understand the gendered dimensions of war and peace? The reason is
simple and profound: even though it is quite possible to make formal peace without including
women and looking at gender relations, the transformation of violent conflict is impossible
without using these gendered lenses. The author, therefore, argues that there are compelling empirical,
theoretical and normative reasons to include gender as a main category of analysis.