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Journal Article

Development and Change 49.4

Women and Peacebuilding: Local Perspectives on Opportunities and Barriers

Published on 1 February 2018

The UN Security Council Resolution 1325 has made strong provisions to include women in peace-building interventions and actions. This is, however, rarely observed in practice beyond local-level activities. This article discusses new qualitative evidence on the opportunities and barriers to women’s participation in peace-building processes, based on a comparative analysis of case studies conducted in Afghanistan, Liberia, Nepal and Sierra Leone.

The findings show that women’s engagement in peace-building activities, beyond their immediate social relations, is restricted by institutional, economic, cultural and social obstacles. These barriers prevent the realisation of gender equality objectives in peace-building initiatives. Moreover, local understandings of peace typically place family relations at the centre of how women engage with peace-building processes, and how other community members perceive women’s roles in peace-building.

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Patricia Justino

Professorial Fellow

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Rebecca Mitchell

Postgraduate Researcher and Programme Manager

Publication details

published by
Wiley
authors
Justino, P., Mitchell, R., Müller, C.
journal
Development and Change, volume 49, issue 4
doi
https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12391
language
English

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