SSE, Gender, and Sustainable Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Envisioning a Different Path


Ramnarain, Smita, and Suzanne Bergeron. 2019. "SSE, Gender, and Sustainable Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Envisioning a Different Path." Paper presented at UNTFSSE International Conference, Geneva, June 25-26.

Authors: Smita Ramnarain, Suzanne Bergeron


This paper examines the possibilities and limits of SSE for addressing the Sustainable Development goals of gender equality (SDG 5) and inclusive peace (SDG 16) through an analysis of women-centered cooperative organizations in post-conflict contexts of South Asia. The failures of neoliberal peacebuilding in achieving gender-inclusive, secure and sustainable peace, and in many cases reproducing the very structures of domination that led to conflict in the first place, have been well-documented. Consequently, many in the scholarly and practitioner community have called for an alternative economic approach, but thus far there has been little attention to what that might look like. This paper responds to that call, offering a model that recognizes the diverse economic landscape of post-war reconstruction with a specific focus on the role of SSE activities in achieving security and social provisioning.

Keywords: gender, post-conflict economies, cooperatives, peacebuilding, SSE

Topics: Civil Society, Economies, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Peacebuilding, Peace Processes, Security, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Regions: Asia, South Asia

Year: 2019

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