Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) Programs

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:
Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) Programs

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This chapter examines a series of issues implicating disarmament, as well as gender relations and constructs. It begins with an overview of the basic forms of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs before turning to a discussion of the potential power of integrating gender perspectives and practice into the DDR process. It then examines challenges to the development and implementation of DDR programs allied with and the conceptual limitations of applying gender practice and theory in this fora. Finally, the conclusion suggests how to improve DDR and ensure the centrality of gender issues in development, implementation, and monitoring. DDR programs should be utilized as a tool that can effectively enable women to access to real economic, political, mental, and physical security in the post-conflict environment.

Keywords: gender relations; disarmament; demobilization; reintegration; women; post-conflict environment

Chapter.  9095 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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