Security, Gender and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Need for a “Woman Question” When Engaging in Reconstruction

Authored by: Isaac Kfir

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Security Sector Reform (SSR), Transitional Justice
Region: No Region
Year: 2012
Citation: Kfir, Isaac. “Security, Gender and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Need for a ‘Woman Question’ When Engaging in Reconstruction.” Texas Journal of Women and the Law 22, no. 1 (2012): 71–112.

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Executive Summary

In the field of post-conflict reconstruction, gender-related issues are mostly analyzed through a legal or a development paradigm. These conditions, coupled with a general disinclination by the international community — the industrialized, western countries — to challenge cultural norms, whether real or imagined, allows for a security-first and/or a security-development nexus to take precedence regarding post-conflict reconstruction. This paper advances the argument that by viewing gender issues as existential to the security of a state transitioning out of conflict, as opposed to viewing gender as a development or a legal issue, makes it possible to engage in real reconstruction, which means addressing the gender bias that dominates many societies.