Gender and Governance

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:
Gender and Governance

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This chapter discusses how “good governance” is conventionally defined in the contemporary post-conflict reconstruction context, detailing the components of typical post-conflict governance programs, including elections, institution building and civil society, and the extent to which these programs actually centralize gender. Second, it looks at the role of international actors in determining that democracy and economic liberalization are necessary components of post-conflict governance, interrogates that proposition, and considers some of the gender consequences for women of that determination. Finally, the chapter considers engendered governance frameworks that would emphasize substantive rights, access to labor markets, and demonstrated gender equality over procedural rights and gender quotas.

Keywords: good governance; post-conflict reconstruction; post-conflict governance programs; elections; institution building; gender

Chapter.  10627 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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