Global Governance, Therapeutic Intervention, and War-Affected Girls


Park, Augustine S. J. 2009. “Global Governance, Therapeutic Intervention, and War-Affected Girls.” Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 34 (2): 157-82.

Author: Augustine S. J. Park


The victimization of girls in armed conflict has garnered increased attention, yet recent scholarship shows that postconflict measures fail to meet girls’ unique needs. This article examines gendered discourses employed in programming designed to assist girls following Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war, drawing on fieldwork conducted as part of a continuing program of study on peacebuilding in Sierra Leone. Specifically, the article presents a case study examining discourse relating to war-affected girls in one Freetown-based NGO, Connecting for Peace, which delivered programming to boys and girls affected by the war.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Civil Wars, Gender, Girls, Gendered Discourses, NGOs, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Sierra Leone

Year: 2009

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