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Should gender matter?: Assessing the validity of the research processes regarding women’s participation in peace negotiations
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Along with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security, women’s participation in peace processes has become an increasingly popular research topic in the 2000s. However, while several authors have written on the topic, there seems to be a lack of empirical data to support the argumentation regarding women’s participation in peace negotiations and its impact on agreements and post-conflict societies. Therefore, the objective of this study is to carry out an analysis on the recent research processes that concern women’s participation in formal peace negotiations and its impact, and assess this research in terms of its validity.

As the primary data used for this study consisted of scientific publications, content analysis and discourse analysis proved to be appropriate methods to collect and categorise the data. After this process the data were analysed with the help of an analytical framework based on the criteria for validity in scientific research, which was composed of four different elements credibility, transferability, reliability and verifiability.

The findings regarding the validity of the research processes concerning women’s participation in peace negotiations and its impact indicated that the research lacks validity to a great extent in all four areas depicted in the analytical framework. The main issues with the past research arose within the connections made between the methods, sources and findings. In addition, it was concluded that there are indications that the scientific discourse on women’s participation is heavily influenced by the UNSC resolutions on women, peace and security, creating more advocacy research with political agenda rather than scientific studies aiming at objectivity. In other words, there are great opportunities to be taken in different areas of research to create more validity on the argumentation and thus, to generate data to support relevant mechanisms for more sustainable peace-building in regards of women’s participation in peace negotiations.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 52 p.
Keyword [en]
peace negotiations, gender, peace processes, peace-building
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-28974OAI: diva2:650123
Subject / course
Peace and development
Educational program
Peace and Development Work, Master Programme, 60 credits
2013-08-30, Växjö, 11:00
Available from: 2013-09-23 Created: 2013-09-19 Last updated: 2013-09-23Bibliographically approved

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