Women Leaders in Armed Opposition Groups on War, Protection, and Obligations under International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

Dyan Mazurana

February 22, 2006

The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Drawing on interviews and discussions with 32 women leaders from 18 armed opposition groups, Dyan Mazurana discusses the ways in which women and girls enter into armed opposition groups and their active participation within the groups. She addresses and analyzes the ways women and girls experience empowerment in armed opposition groups, and the ways they are disempowered. The presentation  also covers key disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) issues raised by the women. It concludes with an investigation into the potential gains and obstacles facing women and girls within armed groups and those wishing to work with them in promoting and enforcing international humanitarian and human rights law within armed opposition groups.

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