The “Sex War” and Other Wars: Towards a Feminist Approach to Peacebuilding

Authored by: Donna Pankhurst

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, International Agreements, International Law, Peacemaking, Political Transitions, Transitional Justice
Region: No Region
Year: 2003
Citation: Pankhurst, Donna. "The 'Sex War' and Other Wars: Towards a Feminist Approach to Peacebuilding." Development in Practice 13, no. 2/3 (2003): 154-77.

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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 thereturn 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 isheld 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.