"Gender, Public Finance and Peacebuilding" at 2017 European Conference on Politics and Gender

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 10:45 to 12:30
Building: Géopolis Floor: 2 Room: 2121
5th European Conference on Politics and Gender
The University of Lausanne hosted the 2017 European Conference on Politics and Gender from 8-10th June 2017.​
Panel: Gender, Peacebuilding and Post Conflict Economic Development
This panel develops recent feminist scholarship which argues that attempts to progress women’s security in post-conflict contexts require more attention to the economic pillar of peacebuilding. Peace operations, peace agreements, constitutional reforms, and the new institutions which are constructed in transitions to peace, as well as conflict itself, all offer ‘windows of opportunity’ for the transformation of gender regimes. Much scholarly attention has been paid to the gains in women’s political representation, legislative advances on, for example, tackling gender based violence, and cultural attitudes towards women. Less attention has been paid to change, if any, in the economic frameworks and governance structures which might similarly signal and/or facilitate progress for women and gender equality. This panel aims to contribute to addressing that gap.
Paper: Gender, Public Finance and Peacebuilding
Presenter: Carol Cohn, University of Massachusetts
Abstract: In the aftermath of a peace settlement, the management of public finance constitutes a critical (if often overlooked) factor in advancing more equitable, just and sustainable peace. The manner in which states raise revenue and manage expenditures determines what is prioritized and funded in peacebuilding. Given this, there is now a small but growing literature on the centrality of public finance to a durable post-conflict reconstruction of the economy, polity and society (Boyce 1996, 2002, 2007 and Addison 2003, 2005, 2015). However, the literature is largely silent on a critical issue - the ways in which public finance management post-conflict shape and are shaped by structural gender inequality. As a result, public finance policies during peacebuilding are implemented in ways that ignore issues of exclusion, equity and sustainability. The purpose of my paper would be to bring feminist gender analysis into the discussion of post-conflict recovery, public finance and peacebuilding, and to demonstrate the ways in which a gendered analysis of public finance can open up fruitful ways of thinking about peacebuilding that will strengthen the broader women, peace and security agenda.

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