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women and peacebuilding: The conditions that enhance women's participation in peacebuilding process within international efforts
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Women’s participation in a post-conflict peace process has been given an important role. Some scholars justify women’s participation using a functional claim while others simply use a right-based claim. Despite the important role associated with women’s participation in post-conflict peace process the conditions that enhance women’s participation in international interventions in post-conflict peacebuilding process seems lacking or under-researched. This study contributes to this under-researched phenomenon by asking the question “what conditions enhance women’s participation in international interventions in post-conflict peacebuilding processes”?  To find out the causal mechanism that increases women’s participation, I conducted a structured and focused comparison of two UNPSO in Liberia in which one implements a 1325 mandated approach, so as to explore my theoretical argument that “an international intervention that implements a 1325 mandated approach increases women’s participation“.

The empirical analyses suggest support for the theoretical explanations that a 1325 mandated approach promotes gender equality through raising awareness, provides gender sensitive rules, builds women’s capacity which all increase women’s participation in the post-conflict peacebuilding process. Although a 1325 mandated approach increases women’s participation, their active role in the decision-making process remains low compared to their physical representation and contribution. The findings also have shed light on some other factors that could have a significant effect on the explanatory powers of the observed variables. These include the conflict itself, the capacity of local women’s organizations and the political will, thus calling for further research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 73 p.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294874OAI: diva2:931577
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-05-29 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved

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