Gender Equity and Peacebuilding: from Rhetoric to Reality: Finding the Way

Author(s): Strickland, R.; Duvvury, N.
Produced by: International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), USA (2003) with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
This paper looks at how gender concerns are being integrated into policies and programs that shape post-conflict societies.
Findings indicate a slow but positive shift in international opinion and understanding about the consequences of conflict on women and the importance of their participation in peace building processes and post-conflict social transformation. However, gender discrimination continues to manifest itself in such forms as political exclusion, economic marginalization, and sexual violence during and after conflictthat deny women their human rights and constrain the potential for development.