Negotiating the Transition to Democracy and Reforming the Security Sector: The Vital Contributions of South African Women

Posted by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini with contributions by Camille Pampell Conaway on August 10, 2004

In October 2000, for the first time in its history, the UN Security Council acknowledged that women have a key role in promoting international stability by passing Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. It called on all parties to ensure women’s participation in peace processes, from the prevention of conflict to negotiations and postwar […]

Women’s Participation in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

Posted by Julie Mertus on July 1, 2004

Bosnian civil society groups have taken the lead in addressing needs not met by their state during its postwar reconstruction period. Women’s groups have spurred the creation of a war crimes court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and have filled gaps in the court’s reconciliation processes. They pressed the court to […]

In the Midst of War: Women’s Contributions to Peace in Colombia

Posted by Catalina Rojas on April 1, 2004

Women have been victims and actors in Colombia’s cycles of violence and peace. In talks organized by President Andrés Pastrana in 1999, women represented both the government and FARC, the major guerrilla group. In 2000, 600 women participated in a women’s public forum that pressed FARC and government leaders to consider women’s concerns. In 2002, […]

Good Governance from the Ground Up: Women’s Roles in Post-Conflict Cambodia

Posted by Laura McGrew, Kate Frieson and Sambath Chan on March 1, 2004

Women are spearheading Cambodia’s transformation to democracy. During the years when the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia watched over the nation’s progress, women jumped at the chance to aid in reconstruction. They aimed to make the process of drafting a new constitution more inclusive, and they rallied to help ensure peaceful elections following violent campaign […]

Adding Value: Women’s Contributions to Reintegration and Reconstruction in El Salvador

Posted by Camille Pampell Conaway and Salome Martinez on January 1, 2004

Nearly 4,500 women, recognized as members of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), participated in El Salvador’s demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration (DDR) program following the 1992 ceasefire. Women contributed in a variety of ways to the program’s success. For example, women leaders from the FMLN ensured that women received the land they were granted […]

From Combat to Community: Women and Girls of Sierra Leone

Posted by Dyan Mazurana and Khristopher Carlson on January 1, 2004

Women and girls fought on both sides of Sierra Leone’s civil war. Although large numbers of women said they were gang-pressed into performing support functions for armed groups, many also fought or received weapons training. Sierra Leone’s national disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) program frequently excluded women and girls. Many female ex-combatants, however, returned to […]

Strengthening Governance: The Role of Women in Rwanda’s Transition

Posted by Elizabeth Powley on October 1, 2003

Nine years after the end of the 1994 genocide, Rwanda still faces challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and HIV/AIDS. However, the country has made strides toward establishing a democratic society. Having made several important contributions to their country’s political system, women are at the forefront of post-genocide Rwandan public life. They are present in government […]

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