On the Frontlines: Gender, War, and the Post-Conflict Process

Paperback | October 25, 2011

byFionnuala Ni Aolain, Dina Francesca Haynes, Naomi Cahn

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Gender oppression has been a feature of war and conflict throughout human history, yet until fairly recently, little attention was devoted to addressing the consequences of violence and discrimination experienced by women in post-conflict states. Thankfully, that is changing. Today, in avariety of post-conflict settings--the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Colombia, Northern Ireland --international advocates for women's rights have focused bringing issues of sexual violence, discrimination and exclusion into peace-making processes. In On the Frontlines, Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Dina Francesca Haynes, and Naomi Cahn consider such policies in a range of cases and assess the extent to which they have had success in improving women's lives. They argue that there has been too little success, and that this is in part a product of afocus on schematic policies like straightforward political incorporation rather than a broader and deeper attempt to alter the cultures and societies that are at the root of much of the violence and exclusions experienced by women. They contend that this broader approach would not just benefitwomen, however. Gender mainstreaming and increased gender equality has a direct correlation with state stability and functions to preclude further conflict. If we are to have any success in stabilizing failing states, gender needs to move to fore of our efforts. With this in mind, they examine theefforts of transnational organizations, states and civil society in multiple jurisdictions to place gender at the forefront of all post-conflict processes. They offer concrete analysis and practical solutions to ensuring gender centrality in all aspects of peace making and peace enforcement.

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Gender oppression has been a feature of war and conflict throughout human history, yet until fairly recently, little attention was devoted to addressing the consequences of violence and discrimination experienced by women in post-conflict states. Thankfully, that is changing. Today, in avariety of post-conflict settings--the former Yug...

Fionnuala Ni Aolain concurrently holds the Dorsey and Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and a Chair in Law at the Transitional Justice Institute (Belfast). She was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, and Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School, Associate Professor of Law at the Hebrew University and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:October 25, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part IConflict and its Dynamics1. Before, During and After Conflict - The Connections for Women2. Gender and the Forms and Experiences of ConflictPart IITowards Peace3. The Significance of Security: Realizing Peace4. Engendering International Intervention5. Peacekeeping6. Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programs (DDR)7. International and Local Criminal Accountability for Gendered Violence8. Remedies9. Law Reform, Constitutional Design, and GenderPart IIIReconstruction and Development10. Gender and Governance11. Development Infrastructure: Economics, Health and Education