Gendered Peace: Women’s Struggles for Post-War Justice and Reconciliation

Authored by: Donna Pankhurst (Editor)

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Political Transitions, Transitional Justice
Country: Sierra Leone, Rwanda, South Africa, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, Peru, Central America, Balkans
Region: East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2007
Citation: Pankhurst, Donna, ed. Gendered Peace: Women's Struggles for Post-War Justice and Reconciliation. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2007.

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Executive Summary

This volume, edited by Donna Pankhurst, contributes to the growing literature on women, conflict and peacebuilding by focusing on the moments after a peace accord, or some other official ending for a conflict, often denoted as "post-conflict" or "post-war". Such moments often herald great hope for holding to account those who committed grave wrongs during the conflict, and for a better life in the future. For many women, both of these hopes are often very quickly shattered in starkly different ways to the hopes of men. Such periods are often characterized by violence and insecurities, and the official ending of war often fails to bring freedom from sexual violence for many women. Within such a context, efforts on the part of women, and those made on their behalf, to hold to account those who commit crimes against them, and to access their rights are difficult to make, are often dangerous, and are also often deployed with little effect. Gendered Peace explores international contexts, and a variety of local ones, in which such struggles take place, and evaluates their progress. The volume highlights the surprising success in the development of international legal advances for women, but contrasts this with the actual experience of women in cases from Sierra Leone, Rwanda, South Africa, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Peru, Central America and the Balkans.