Security, Gender and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Need for a 'Woman Question' When Engaging in Reconstruction

Posted: 20 Aug 2012 Last revised: 9 Sep 2014

Date Written: August 20, 2012

Abstract

In the field of post-conflict reconstruction, gender-related issues are mostly analyzed through a legal or a development paradigm. These conditions, coupled with a general disinclination by the international community — the industrialized, western countries — to challenge cultural norms, whether real or imagined, allows for a security-first and/or a security-development nexus to take precedence regarding post-conflict reconstruction. This paper advances the argument that by viewing gender issues as existential to the security of a state transitioning out of conflict, as opposed to viewing gender as a development or a legal issue, makes it possible to engage in real reconstruction, which means addressing the gender bias that dominates many societies.

Keywords: Gender, Post-conflict Reconstruction, National Security

Suggested Citation

Kfir, Isaac, Security, Gender and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Need for a 'Woman Question' When Engaging in Reconstruction (August 20, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2132671 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2132671

Isaac Kfir (Contact Author)

Charles Sturt University ( email )

Panorama Avenue
Bathurst, NSW 2678
Australia

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