Defying Victimhood

Women and Post-conflict Peacebuilding

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Women are among the most competent, yet marginalized, unnoticed and underutilized actors in efforts to rebuild war-torn societies. Opportunities for sustainable peacebuilding are lost — and sustainable peace is at risk — when significant stakeholders in a society’s future peace and conflict architecture are excluded from efforts to heal the wounds of war and build a new society and a new state. The contributors to this book draw on comparative case and country studies from post-conflict contexts in different parts of world to offer their insights into frameworks for understanding women as both victims and peacebuilders, to trace the road that women take from victimhood to empowerment and to highlight the essential partnerships between women and children and how they contribute to peace. The authors examine the roles of women in political and security institutions.



Women’s participation in political decision-making and recovery processes in post-conflict Lebanon

The empowerment of women is seen as a crucial element of all social and economic development during post-conflict transitions, and the success of this process is further seen as a basic requirement for all sustainable peacebuilding. Still, while women are active in most functions during armed conflicts, both civilian and military, and also form the majority of the militants in peace movements, they are usually marginalized from decision-making levels in post-conflict peacebuilding processes.


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