The Role of Women in Stabilization and Reconstruction

Authored by: Camille Conaway

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), Economic Recovery, Human Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Transitional Justice
Region: No Region
Year: 2006
Citation: Conaway, Camille. The Role of Women in Stabilization and Reconstruction. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2006.

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Executive Summary

During war, women are displaced, subjected to sexual violence and HIV/AIDS by fighting forces, and assume the caretaking role for children and the elderly. They are vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, sexual slavery, disease, and forced recruitment into armed groups. Yet as the survivors of violent conflict, women also bear the burden of reconstruction. They return to destroyed communities and begin the process of rebuilding infrastructure; restoring and developing traditions, laws, and customs; and repairing relationships. In government and through civil society, women worldwide are contributing to all pillars of stabilization and reconstruction operations. This report is based on a series of consultations under the auspices of the Working Group on the Role of Women in Reconstruction and Stabilization Operations.