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Peace Work: Women, Armed Conflict and Negotiation

Radhika Coomaraswamy (Editor) Dilrukshi Fonseka (Editor)
Synopsis It is now widely recognized that women are uniquely affected by war and violence--their traditional role as 'nurturers' of the family suffers strain; their bodies become sites for the expression of hatred and revenge; their subordinate positions in everyday life render them especially vulnerable. Increasingly, women are also drawn into conflict as active participants--as soldiers in war, as guerillas in subversive movements. In post-conflict scenarios, however, the presence of women is almost negligible. In negotiating peace settlements, in drafting constitutions and in working for peace between conflicting groups, men far out number women. The papers in this volume explore the multiple ways in which women relate with war and peace, assessing their participation and unravelling their potential for shaping a more stable and peaceful social structure. Taking cognizance of the large number of civilian victims of modern-day conflicts, the essays throw light on the questioning of status quo that is often most acute in times of conflict. This volume addresses the need to understand both the in-depth reality of each particular conflict site--Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Japan, Ireland, Yugoslavia, South Africa, the Indian subcontinent--and also the experiences of women peace-workers across these different sites in a comparative perspective. While discussing the diverse strategies used by peace-workers and their relative success or failure, it also underlines the importance of women's participation in forging partnerships for a lasting peace.
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About the authors

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Radhika Coomaraswamy is Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, Sri Lanka, and Director, International Center for Ethnic Studies, Colombo. She was formerly the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women for six years. She teaches at the New York University Law School and in the Oxford University programme on international human rights and women, every summar.

Dilrukshi Fonseka

Dilrukshi Fonseka has been Programme Coordinator at the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies, Sri Lanka. Her research interests include gender and peace, justice, and international peace-keeping.

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Bibliographic information

Title Peace Work: Women, Armed Conflict and Negotiation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Women Unlimited
Language: English
isbn 8188965081
length viii+278p., Notes & References; 23cm.