Civil Society and Gender Mainstreaming: Empirical Evidence and Theory-Building from Twelve Post-Conflict Countries 2005–15


Paul Chaney. 2016. “Civil Society and Gender Mainstreaming: Empirical Evidence and Theory-Building from Twelve Post-Conflict Countries 2005–15.” World Development 83: 280–194.

Author: Paul Chaney


Using critical discourse analysis, this twelve-country study addresses a key lacuna by examining civil society perspectives on the implementation of the Participative Democratic Model (PDM) of gender mainstreaming in post-conflict states. The findings re- veal specific data, transitional justice, and governance challenges in war-affected states as policy actors press for heightened attention to issues such as the effects on women of war-induced poverty, human rights violations, and women’s empowerment in state reconstruction and peace-building. The analysis shows the aftermath of war accentuates frame misalignment between civil society and governing elites. In order to address this a Transformative Model (TM) of Participative Mainstreaming in Post-conflict States is proposed. Building on conflict theory it argues for the engendering of ‘‘transitional justicein order to secure equality in public policy and law-making. In par- ticular, it details how future attempts to apply the PDM need to be adapted across four Transformational Domains: actors, issues, rules, and structures. Each is populated by ‘‘post-conflict issues/actions. When CSOs successfully advance claims for modifying policy and practice ‘‘frame-alignmentoccurs and the implementation of PDM may be adapted to the specificities of war-affected states.

Keywords: women, gender mainstreaming, civil society, post-conflict, discourse, theory

Topics: Civil Society, Gender, Women, Gender Mainstreaming, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Rights, Human Rights

Year: 2016

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