The ‘Sex War’ and Other Wars: Towards a Feminist Approach to Peace Building

Authored by: Donna Pankhurst

Categories: Conflict Prevention, Peace Support Operations, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Climate and Environment, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), UN Resolutions
Region: No Region
Year: 2003
Citation: Pankhurst, Donna. "The 'Sex War' and Other Wars: Towards a Feminist Approach to Peace Building." Development in Practice 13 no. 2-3. 2003.

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For more than a decade, resolutions from the UN and the European Commission have highlighted women’s suffering during wars, and the unfairness of their treatment upon the return to peace. Yet the injustices and the hypocrisy continue. Women are reified as the peacemakers while they are excluded from peace processes. Women’s suffering during war is held up as evidence of inhumanity by the same organisations that accept, if not promote, the marginalisation of women’s needs during peacetime. The author reviews the processes through which these phenomena are perpetuated and outlines some ways forward which could help to break these cycles.