The Women and Peace Hypothesis in Peacebuilding Settings: Attitudes of Women in the Wake of the Rwandan Genocide

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Brounéus, Karen. 2014. “The Women and Peace Hypothesis in Peacebuilding Settings: Attitudes of Women in the Wake of the Rwandan Genocide.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 40 (1): 522-42.

Author: Karen Brounéus

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Summary: 
"But what happens in the wake of war? For the first time, this study brings the women and peace hypothesis to the postconflict, peacebuilding setting. It argues that due to the particular circumstances of a country after civil war, not only must the questions surrounding the women and peace hypothesis shift from focusing on attitudes toward war to focusing on attitudes toward peace, but war-related trauma must be integral to the debate. Knowledge of women’s and men’s psychological health and attitudes toward peacebuilding in postconflict settings may provide valuable information for understanding the challenges of peacebuilding and ultimately for improving the prospects for peace. By studying the relation between war-related psychological ill health and attitudes about trust, coexistence, and the gacaca the Rwandan peacebuilding process among women and men twelve years after the genocide, this study extends the women and peace hypothesis to the peacebuilding phase" (Brounéus 2014, 125-6). 

Topics: Armed Conflict, Civil Wars, Gender, Women, Genocide, Health, Trauma, Peacebuilding, Post-Conflict Regions: Africa, Central Africa, East Africa Countries: Rwanda

Year: 2014

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