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Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives$
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Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770207

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.001.0001

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What Does Postconflict Security Mean for Women?

What Does Postconflict Security Mean for Women?

(p.33) 2 What Does Postconflict Security Mean for Women?
Gender, Violence, and Human Security

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

NYU Press

This chapter demonstrates how postconflict security conversations continue to exclude women's experiences with violence and focus primarily on state actors. Indeed, the dominant theme in much policy work addressing postconflict security reform shows a dominant narrative of masculinity pervading security sector analysis. This metanarrative is also linked to a pervasive emphasis on what is deemed to constitute the core elements of the security sector in such societies. Typically, this emphasis fails to engage with broader sites and causes of harms, including private violence experienced by women. The chapter thus argues for a view of security that “encompasses physical, social, economic, and sexual security” as a way of addressing gendered security. Such a view includes democratic transformation and incorporates equality principles of multiple legal spheres along with a redistributive economic dimension.

Keywords:   postconflict security, violence, masculinity, security sector, gendered security, equality

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