Gender and Peacebuilding

Gender and Peacebuilding : All Hands Required

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The twenty--first century has brought with it a shift from the notion of human security being located in secure national borders to the need to secure the safety, freedom, and dignity of all. Despite efforts to equalize women's status in the world evidenced by changes in many international projects requiring a gender focus, women and men experience most of the world in very different ways according to gender. Further, the reality is that humans who do not all fall neatly into one of these categories - male or female - often find their lives further challenged. In the 1980s, Peace and Conflict Studies first began to acknowledge and study the different experiences males and females have during war and peace. Since then, there have been books about women and war, women working at grassroots levels to build peace, women and transitional justice, women and peace education, and women's views of human security. All of these works have contributed to the discourse of our changing world. This book brings together some of those themes and voices and adds more with the final product being more than the sum of its parts.
We add to the conversation a book that considers foundational/fundamental issues that span from the interpersonal to the global. Many of the chapters describe empirical research completed with author and community, shared here for the first time. Part One is a collection of case studies, documenting challenges and responses to peacebuilding by women from various parts of the world. Part Two focuses on Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) as a discipline, examining not only what is, but also what should be taught. This section critiques today's efforts at teaching Peace and Conflict Studies and provides suggestions of how this important work might be shared in more open and equitable ways. Part Three enters territory found even less in the PACS literature. In this section our authors confront patriarchy, engage in a discussion about the contribution queer theory makes to PACS, and tussle with the notion of inclusivity with considerations of both gender and disability. It then ends with a discussion about the contribution feminist methodologies make to PACS.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 446 pages
  • 158 x 239 x 37mm | 798g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 Graphs
  • 0739192604
  • 9780739192603
  • 2,251,102

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction- Maureen Flaherty and Tom Matyok PART I: CHALLENGES AND RESPONSES: CASE STUDIES AND EXAMPLES 1 Barbara Deming: Feminism and Nonviolence Celia Cook-Huffman 2 Afghan Women: Subjects of Peace and Objects of Violence Elham Atashi 3 Wounds of Genocide Rape: The Experiences of Two Women in Rwanda Regine Uwibereyeho King 4 Mothers at the Tree of Frustration: Locating Healing in Liberia Angela J. Lederach 5 Inclusion-Exclusion of Women in Local Peacemaking Systems in the Kaffa Society of Ethiopia Federica De Sisto 6 A Positive Peace Initiative with Rural Women in China Maria Cheung & Tuula Heinonen 7 The Role of Oromo Women in Conflict Resolution: Perspectives from an Indigenous System Hamdesa Tuso 8 Remaining Human: Experiences of Constructing "Normal Life" in the Gulag Oksana Kis 9 One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Developing a Women's Peace Agenda in Post-Soviet Armenia Sinead Walsh 10 Black Tradeswomen Building Toward Pragmatic Peacebuilding for Personal, Cultural, and Institutional Change Roberta Hunte 11 "The Karen women's organization in Winnipeg is not political"; Challenges to developing the capacity for diaspora peacebuilding in Canada Anna Snyder 12 "It's Not Just the Icing, It's the Glue": Rural Women's Volunteering in Manitoba, Canada Robin Neustaeter 13 Militarization and Gender in Israel Galia Golan 14 Women at the Peace Table: The Gender Dynamics of Peace Negotiations Monica McWilliams 15 (Re)Examining Women's Role in Peacebuilding: Assessing the Impact of the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) and the European Union (EU) PEACE III Funding on Women's Role in Community Development, Peace-building, and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Counties Patlee Creary and Sean Byrne 16 Women Peacekeepers: Gender Discourses on 'Equal but Different' Amongst Irish Peacekeepers Shirley Graham PART II: PEACE EDUCATION 17 Peace Studies and Feminism: Debates, Linkages, and Intersections Lisa McLean and Maria Lucia Zapata 18 Cultural Violence and Gender: Peacebuilding via Peace Education Katerina Standish 19 Peacebuilding Without Western Saviors? An Approach to Teaching African Gender and Sexuality Politics to American Students Robin L. Turner PART III: MOVING FORWARD 20 Gender, Violence, and Dehumanization: No Peace with Patriarchy Franke Wilmer 21 Queer Theory and Peace and Conflict Studies: Some Critical Reflections Robert Mizzi and Sean Byrne 22 (Dis)Ability, Gender, and Peacebuilding: Natural Absences Present But Invisible Maureen Flaherty and Nancy Hansen 23 Getting it Right: Some Advice From Feminist Methodologists Joey Sprague
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A significant, inspiring and must-read book for all who seek peace in the world, for those who may be tempted to give up hope, and for those who claim that peace is not possible. The authors move beyond simple formulas and platitudes to explore the complex realms of human relationships, and give evidence that every single effort to resolve human conflict peaceably - in our homes, our workplaces, our communities, and in our nations - is significant and important! -- Peggy Chinn, University of Connecticut Gender and Peacebuilding brings to light often invisible contributions of women peacemakers in a wide diversity of cases across the world. The accounts are lucid, engaging, and theoretically informative. They reveal the complex fabric of culture, conflict, and adversity through which women have persevered to build innovative approaches to peace. The stories in this landmark collection will inspire and shape this field of study. -- Janie Leatherman, Fairfield University
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About Sean Byrne

Maureen P. Flaherty is assistant professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of Manitoba. Thomas Matyok is associate professor and chair of the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jessica Senehi is associate professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of Manitoba. Sean Byrne is professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and director of the Arthur V. Mauro Center for Peace and Justice at St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba. Hamdesa Tuso is assistant professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of Manitoba.
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