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Gendering Demilitarization as a Peacebuilding Tool

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Release date: 2002-05

This paper will consider what the gender-aware demobilization, disarmament and reintegration that is called for in the Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, adopted by the Security Council on October 31, 2000, might look like. In it it will be shown how gender awareness in the earliest transition and post-conflict periods impacts upon the possibility of peaceful development in the longer term.
Paper 20 analyzes a broad spectrum of case studies of demobilization processes in which women’s rights have been compromised, and use feminist theories to draw conclusions about how demobilization exercises can be improved to address, more fairly, the needs of both women and men ex-combatants.