Gender Mainstreaming in Conflict Transformation: A Thousand Dialogues

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Women and young people are often viewed as victims of conflict rather than decision-makers and actors in peace agreements, in conflict resolution and post-violence reconstruction initiatives. Containing contributions by Olara Otunnu, UN Under Secretary General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, and Kadi Sesay, Sierra Leone Minister of Trade, and drawing from the presentations at the Commonwealth Gender, Youth and Conflict Transformation Workshop held in 2002, this collection provides a forum for women, men and young people, to analyze and discuss strategies for conflict transformation in the Commonwealth in the following areas:

* Human rights violations
* The peace table and peace agreements
* International Criminal Tribunals, and Truth and Reconciliation Commissions
* Post-violence reconstruction
* Education for development and sustainable peace
* Increased representation of women and young people in political decision-making

In promoting an approach to conflict transformation that is multi-faceted, and that includes gender and youth, political, human rights and development perspectives, this book will contribute to building the capacity of Commonwealth countries to seek long-term solutions to violent conflict that address the structural causes, and involve the whole society including women and young people, whose participation is essential for achieving sustainable peace.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780850927542
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: New Gender Mainstreaming in Development Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Gender and conflict transformation in the commonwealth 3
2 Applying a gender lens to armed conflict, violence and conflict transformation 14
3 Achieving gender equality and equity in peace processes 34
4 Progress in gender mainstreaming in peace support operations 56
5 Gender mainstreaming in post-conflict reconstruction 82
6 Creating an international law of peace 99
7 Bangladesh : women and minorities in conflict resolution 107
8 Cyprus : peace is too precious to be left to men alone 117
9 India : legacies of dispute 132
10 Jamaica : the search for survival and respect in the hostile world of the inner city 145
11 The Pacific : gender issues in conflict and peacemaking 155
12 Papua New Guinea : women in armed conflict 160
13 The Mano River union sub-region : the role of women in building peace 171
14 Sierra Leone : women in conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction 181
15 Sri Lanka : mother politics and women's politics 191
App Extract from the commonwealth plan of action for gender equality 2005-2015 on gender, democracy, peace and conflict
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