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The Cost of Ignoring Gender in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations: A Feminist Perspective

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Nadine Puechguirbal

International Committee of the Red Cross, CH
About Nadine
Nadine Puechguirbal has a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris, France. She is a Visiting Professor at the UN-affiliated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica where she teaches for the Master on Gender and Peace building. She has worked as a Senior Gender Advisor for the United Nations.
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Abstract

This article focuses on the cost of ignoring gender when analysing conflict and post-conflict environments. It explains how a feminist perspective allows us to uncover hidden gender power relations and deconstruct the so-called gender-neutral approach in international relations. By highlighting the differential impact of war on women and men regarding security issues, it is understood that the cessation of hostility is not always synonymous with peace for women. It is also understood how patriarchy resurfaces after a war and marginalises women who are mainly seen as powerless victims and sidelined in peace talks that promote a conservative return to the status quo ante bellum.

How to Cite: Puechguirbal, N., 2012. The Cost of Ignoring Gender in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations: A Feminist Perspective. Amsterdam Law Forum, 4(1), pp.4–19. DOI: http://doi.org/10.37974/ALF.207
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Published on 01 Dec 2012.
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