Through a Gendered Lens? Institutional Approaches to Gender Mainstreaming in Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Citation:

Barnes, Karen Natalie. 2008. "Through a Gendered Lens? Institutional Approaches to Gender Mainstreaming in Post-Conflict Reconstruction." Master's Thesis, McGill University.

Author: Karen Natalie Barnes

Abstract:

Although civil war affects all civilians, it impacts men and women in different ways, and it influences their gender roles and responsibilities. Comparatively little attention has been given to assessing the gender sensitivity of international organizations who implement post-conflict reconstruction programs. The different social, economic and political dimensions of war to peace transitions, and how they impact on gender relations, can shed sorne light on the complicated intersections of needs and interests in wartorn societies. An examination of the policies of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Bank reveals that there is relatively little gender mainstreaming within their post-conflict operations. This research finds that the lack of resources and coordination, the failure to build on local capacities, and a lack of commitment to gender mainstreaming are the main obstacles these organizations face. To improve the situation it is recommended that organizations develop and use a 'gender checklist' at all stages of project planning, implementation and monitoring to ensure increased gender sensitivity in post-conflict programming.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Civil Wars, Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Gender, Gender Roles, Gender Mainstreaming, Gendered Power Relations, International Organizations, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Year: 2008

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