IDS Bulletin 47.1A

Women’s Voices, Work and Bodily Integrity in Pre-Conflict, Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Processes in Sierra Leone

Published on 3 March 2016

This article focuses on the historical trajectories of women’s empowerment in Sierra Leone, taking three entry-points as a means of exploring the dynamics of change over the pre-conflict, conflict and post-conflict periods: voice and political participation; work and economic participation; and bodily integrity.

Looking at pathways of empowerment in pre-conflict Sierra Leone, at experiences of women during the time of conflict over the course of a long and brutal civil war from 1991–2002, and at post-conflict possibilities, the article highlights some of the changes that have taken place in women’s lives and the avenues that are opening up in Sierra Leone in a time of peace.

It suggests that understanding women’s pathways of empowerment in Sierra Leone calls for closer attention to be paid to the dynamics of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, and to the significance of context in shaping constraints and opportunities.

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Hussainatu J Abdullah
Aisha F Ibrahim
Jamesina King

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IDS Bulletin, volume 47, issue 1A


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