Women’s Right to Political Participation in Post-Conflict Transformation


Missire, Gaëlle. 2009. “Women’s Right to Political Participation in Post-Conflict Transformation.” Thesis, McGill University.

Author: Gaëlle Missire


This thesis is looking at the experience of girls and women in times of armed conflict in order to offer some solutions to increase women's participation in post-conflict transformation of society. Women and girls experience war in many different ways, but both as victims and agents of change. This latter role often goes unnoticed and women are traditionally forced to go back to traditional gender roles. Undertaking the study of some cases of African countries, the author tries to analyse the impact that women's movements for peace have had on the substantive content of peace agreements. While it is difficult for women to participate in the reconstruction of their society once the conflict ceased, it  might be more efficient to include women at the very beginning of peace negotiations. Women's right to take part in the conduct of public affairs is a means as well as a reparative measure, both aiming at increasing women's political  participation in a transformed post-conflict society.

Topics: Gender, Women, Girls, Gender Roles, Peace Processes, Political Participation, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Regions: Africa

Year: 2009

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