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March 5, 2014
Feminist activism with regard to women's political participation in Sri Lanka has primarily focused on quotas to increase their numerical strength within political institutions. This emphasis on “bodies” has however precluded a deeper discussion on the lack of “voice.”
February 20, 2014
Protracted conflict over three decades in eastern Congo has profoundly altered livelihoods—-not just the ways in which women and men earn their living, but also the social, community, legal, political, security, and economic environments in which people work. Congolese women cannot avoid putting themselves in dangerous situations if they are to earn money and feed their families, and their work in markets and mining exposes them to violence and sexual exploitation.
January 28, 2014
The United Nations Security Council first addressed the relation between women and war with its adoption of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security on October 31, 2000. In that resolution, and in international policy addressing women’s security ever since, the treatment of military actors is ambivalent. UNSCR 1325 recognizes the harms women suffer at the hands of state militaries and non-state armed groups, but it also calls for greater participation of women in military peacekeeping forces. Should advocates for women’s security, women’s political empowerment, and for sustainable peace see militaries as part of the problem, or part of the solution, or both?
November 21, 2013
Women continue to face significant barriers to full participation in peace processes during and after conflict. Although the post-conflict moment creates a window of opportunity for redressing structural economic inequalities, the opportunity is often squandered. Only a multi-sectoral approach that closely links women's economic empowerment to political and social empowerment can translate national and international policy frameworks into real change for women in conflict and post-conflict societies.
September 24, 2013
In Magbonkani, a northern Sierra Leonean town under occupation during the civil war, young men were conscripted by troops from the former AFRC junta, stationed there, and placed in positions of authority over their own elders. I examine one such town, in which the generational, gendered spaces of family and community became a terrain in which authority was recast, hierarchies reconfigured, and young people desynchronized from the flow of lineage time and succession. Not only armed conflict but also the reconciliation practices promoted by the international community became vehicles for experimentation in rethinking generational relationships and crafting new life courses.
September 19, 2013
Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, one of Argentina’s most renowned human rights organizations, exposed the systematic abduction of children and falsification of their identities as a tactic of the “Dirty War.” Since the restoration of democracy in Argentina, the Grandmothers have continued to press to bring human rights abusers to justice. Their search has located scores of their missing grandchildren and restored their identities. The Grandmothers’ commitment to identity as a human right has inspired rights organizations throughout Latin America and the world.
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