Explaining Women’s Limited Involvement in Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

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Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 22)

Abstract

Although gender-sensitive approaches to peacemaking and peacebuilding have increased in recent years, especially among scholars, in practice these processes often still fail to adequately address the countless needs of women. Historical experiences have demonstrated that the Government’s approaches to peacemaking and peacebuilding processes have had limited success because the male leaders of the warring parties negotiated the terms of peace agreements. Women, with their significant experience and skills in building trust, finding commonalities, alleviating fear and making compromises, possess the very qualities that peacemakers and peacebuilders need, yet have been accorded limited space to participate. This has had a detrimental impact on peace processes. As a matter of effectiveness, the lack of dialogue between different levels of peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts (government, civil society, women and the grassroots), combined with male domination of both war and peace, is a major reason why sustainable and positive peace has remained elusive in the world and as well in Uganda.

Keywords

Masculinity Femininity Women Involvement Gender mainstreaming Gender-Based Violence United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Human Security 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Constituent College of AgricultureGulu UniversityMoroto, KaramojaUganda

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