Returning Home: Women in Post-Conflict Societies

Authored by: Naomi Cahn, Dina Haynes, and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Economic Recovery, Human Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: No Region
Year: 2010
Citation: Cahn, Naomi, Dina Haynes, and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. "Returning Home: Women in Post-Conflict Societies." University of Baltimore Law Review 39 (2010): 339–69.

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Executive Summary

This paper explores the situation of women returning to their homes and communities after their countries have experienced major conflicts. In that context, it assesses the range of barriers and challenges that women face and offers some thinking to addresses and remedy these complex issues. As countries face the transition process, they can begin to measure the conflict’s impact on the population and the civil infrastructure. Not only have people been displaced from their homes, but, typically, health clinics, schools, roads, businesses, and markets have deteriorated substantially. While the focus is on humanitarian aid in the midst of and during the immediate aftermath, the focus turns to development-based activities for the longer-term.