THE COST OF IGNORING GENDER IN CONFLICT AND POST-CONFLICT SITUATIONS: A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE

Nadine Puechguirbal
unpublished
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
more » ... derstood 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. "A key task of feminist analysis is to extend the scope of the agenda rather than to answer questions about what is already on the agenda." 1
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