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War, Women and Post-Conflict Empowerment: Lessons from Sierra Leone

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Since the 1991-2002 civil conflict ended in Sierra Leone, the country has failed to translate the accomplishments of women's involvement in bringing the war to an end into meaningful political empowerment. This is in marked contrast to other post-conflict countries, which have increased the political participation of women in elected and appointed office, increased the representation of women in leadership positions, and enacted constitutional reforms promoting women's rights.

Written by Sierra Leonean and Africanist scholars and experts from a broad range of disciplines, this unique volume analyses the historical and contextual factors influencing women's political, economic and social development in the country. In drawing on a diverse array of case studies - from health to education, refugees to international donors - the contradictions, successes and challenges of women's lives in a post-conflict environment are revealed, making this an essential book for anyone involved in women and development.

ISBN-13: 9781786996947

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Zed Books

Publication Date: 08-24-2023

Pages: 304

Product Dimensions: 9.21h x 6.14w x 1.00d

Series: Politics and Development in Contemporary Africa

Josephine Beoku-Betts is Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology at Florida Atlantic University, USA. She is also co-President of the Research Committee on Women and Society of the International Sociological Association.

Fredline A. M'Cormack-Hale is Associate Professor with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, USA. She also serves as Research and Policy Director for the Institute for Governance Reform in Sierra Leone.