Development, Women, and War: Feminist Perspectives


Afshar, Haleh, and Deborah Eade, eds.. 2004. Development, Women, and War: Feminist Perspectives. Oxford: Oxfam GB.

Authors: Haleh Afshar, Deborah Eade


Policy makers, practitioners, and academics discuss long-running conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe and highlight the shared experiences of women, and their potential to contribute both to war and particularly to peace. They consider why women’s concerns have yet to be placed at the forefront of both analysis and practical outcomes, present an overview of different feminist approaches to peace building and conflict resolution, and put forward concrete policy measures to achieve these ends. They argue for the need to move beyond the myriad projects that involve women to consider the factors that contribute to the relatively poor overall impact of such projects, an outcome that often results from a failure to understand the underlying gendered power relations and the dynamics of social change.

Keywords: gender mainstreaming, policy formulation, feminist analysis

Topics: Armed Conflict, Feminisms, Gender, Women, International Organizations, Peacebuilding, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Regions: Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe

Year: 2004

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