Why Gender Matters When the Dust Settles


Sheckler, Annette C. 2002. "Why Gender Matters When the Dust Settles." Developing Alternatives 8 (1): 27-32.

Author: Annette C. Sheckler



“The purpose here is to emphasize the role of political, economic, and social institutions in democratic nation building as the main vehicles for ensuring more equitable access to resources and opportunities. And although ethnic, religious, and regional groups represent the more visible competing interests, gender is a core concern in democratic nation building.” (Sheckler, 27)

“In most post-conflict societies, women constitute the majority of the population, are heads of households, and are the productive base for restarting the economy. If the primary objective of post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation is to create an enabling environment for development, correcting gender disparities should be a major priority of donor assistance.” (Sheckler, 28)

“During post-conflict transition, societies are given a window of opportunity to build on the accomplishments of women and institutionalize their gains in the new political, economic, and social order.” (Sheckler, 28)

Topics: Gender, Women, Gender Mainstreaming, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Political Participation, Post-Conflict, Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Year: 2002

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