n Africa Insight - A gendered perspective of post-conflict reconstruction African women in peace-building

Volume 40, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article examines the gendered approaches to post-conflict reconstruction, which not only focuses on women as victims of war and patriarchy, but also explores how violent conflict transforms gender relations. The article explores stereotypical interpretations of gender and how these impact on our understanding of the diverse roles and needs of African women during and after violent conflict. Gender mainstreaming is proposed as a strategy for highlighting and correcting the gendered aspects of violent conflict. The implementation of gender mainstreaming will require political will and leadership if it is to be successful in bringing African women into decision-making processes in post-conflict contexts.

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