Women and Women’s Organizations in Post-Conflict Societies: The Role of International Assistance

Authored by: Krishna Kumar

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Recovery, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Rwanda
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2000
Citation: Kumar, Krishna. Women and Women's Organizations in Post-Conflict Societies: The Role of International Assistance. Washington, DC: United States Agency for International Development, 2000.

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Executive Summary

As a part of its ongoing studies on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the societies ravaged by civil wars, USAID’s Center for Development Information and Evaluation undertook a multicountry assessment of gender issues in postconflict societies. The assessment focussed on the following three sets of questions. What has been the impact of intrastate conflicts on women? How did these conflicts affect their economic, social, and political roles and responsibilities? What are the major problems and challenges facing women in these societies? What types of women’s organizations have emerged during the post-conflict era to address the challenges that women face and to promote gender equality? What types of activities do they undertake? What has been their overall impact on the empowerment of women? What factors affect their performance and impact? What has been the nature and focus of assistance provided by USAID and other donor agencies to women’s organizations? What are some of the major problem areas in international assistance?