From Sierra Leone to Kosovo: Exploring Possibilities for Gendered Peacebuilding


Cole, Courtney E., and Stephanie Norander. 2011. “From Sierra Leone to Kosovo: Exploring Possibilities for Gendered Peacebuilding.” Women & Language 34 (1): 29-49.

Authors: Courtney E. Cole , Stephanie Norander


Peacebuilding is a gendered process that has provoked feminists to critique the ways in which gender has become a popular initiative within international peace and conflict work. In this essay, we explore how gendered approaches to peacebuilding that draw upon themes of transnational feminisms might provide alternative possibilities for women and men. We do this by featuring the work of two organizations–Fambul Tok, a U.S.-based organization working in Sierra Leone, and Kvinna till Kvinna, a Swedish-based organization working in several post-conflict areas. Our analysis points toward the potential for redefining peacebuilding, transforming gender relations, and reconfiguring global-local relationships.

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Gendered Power Relations, Peacebuilding, Post-Conflict Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Sierra Leone

Year: 2011

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