Building a State that Works for Women: Integrating Gender into Post-Conflict State Building

By fride
Updated: 06/04/2012

African Women Voting By Clare Castillejo. FRIDE, March 2011.

While the relationship between state and citizens is weak in most post-conflict contexts, this is much more pronounced for women citizens. Even in contexts where women played important roles as peace activists, they are marginalized within the ultimate political settlement. Efforts to develop new political party systems in post-conflict contexts should emphasize the inclusion of female leaders and women’s’ policy priorities in order to eliminate institutional barriers to women’s participation in reconstruction and governance.

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