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Introduction

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Dina Francesca Haynes and Naomi Cahn

in On the Frontlines

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195396645
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396645.003.0000
Introduction

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This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to explore the role that gender plays in the construction and implementation of the post-conflict transitional process. The specific intention is to probe how women fare and to articulate the views given in this book on how various legal and political processes might work better for women. The remainder of the chapter presents some key ideas that frame the overall analysis. Section one sets out the framework utilized to address the legal and political processes that are typically harnessed to subdue conflict. Section two provides a critique of gender mainstreaming and articulates the concept of gender centrality—the application of which might be a means to recalibrate post-conflict processes to better accommodate women’s needs and interests. Section three concludes with an overview of the relevant and developing international legal norms that directly address the roles and rights of women in post-conflict political processes.

Keywords: post-conflict transition; transitional process; women; social construction; legal process; political process; gender

Chapter.  9746 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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