Gender, Masculinities and Transition in Conflicted Societies
George Washington University - Law School
Fionnuala D. Ni Aolain
University of Minnesota Law School; University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute
New England Law Review, 2010
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 481
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 481
This article uses a gender lens to explore how conflict affects men and women differently. It examines issues related to the emergence of certain kinds of “hyper” masculinity in situations of conflict and how such masculinities continue to function in subsequent peace-building attempts. The article argues that a failure to account for and be cognizant of these specific masculinities has a significant effect for women in particular, and, more generally, on the success of the conflict transition process. Finally, we show how using a gender lens could make a difference by considering the specific example of the impact of violent masculinities on disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 88
Keywords: gender, masculinity, conflict, peace-building, disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, feminism
JEL Classification: D63, K33, J16
Date posted: December 3, 2009
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