In this title, the essays examine how women actively contribute not only to conflict, but also to peace and social change in diverse contexts around the world. This collection of essays explores the role of women as they participate in both conflict and peacemaking. The essays, contributed by scholars and practitioners from around the world, do not look at women as victims or perpetrators, but instead examine their behavior in conflict zones and their involvement in conflict - how it affects them, how they are active participants, and the initiatives they take in intervention, conflict resolution, and peace building. The book thus demonstrates remarkable cases of agency, where women were the authors of change. This may happen in a violent way, as with female suicide bombers or the Black Widows of Chechnya, or women may actively help to stop conflict or participate in peacebuilding activities, as they did in Rwanda or Liberia. The thematically organized chapters cover issues of women waging war, women intervening in war, women waging peace, and women sustaining peace, all substantiated with case studies and first hand accounts.
"Women Waging War and Peace" will be an essential resource to anyone researching conflict processes and women's agency.
Maneshka Eliatamby is Director of Research and Knowledge Management at the Center for Peace Building International in Washington DC. She has a teaching appointment at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her current research includes women's agency in conflict settings such as Eritrea, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, looking at the role of women as peacebuilders, and women's agency through active participation in conflict. Sandra C. Cheldelin is the Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor of Conflict Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, USA. An expert in organizational conflict, she has worked with more than 150 organizations and has facilitated large-scale interethnic and interfaith community dialogues on topics of fear, terrorism, violence and suspicion. Her international work has taken her to Bosnia, Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, Tajikistan, Israel, and Liberia.
Foreword by Andrea Bartoli; Editors' Biographies; Notes on Contributors; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; 1 Overview and Introduction; Sandra I. Cheldelin and Maneshka Eliatamby; 2 Victims of Rape and Gendercide: All Wars; Sandra I. Cheldelin; Section I: Women Waging War; 3 Searching for Emancipation: Eritrea, Nepal and Sri Lanka; Maneshka Eliatamby. 4 Dying for Identity: Chechnya and Sri Lanka; Maneshka Eliatamby and Ekaterina Romanova; 5 Fighting Young: Liberia and Sierra Leone; Patricia A. Maulden; Section II: Women Intervening in War; 6 Challenging Warfare: Sri Lanka; Maneshka Eliatamby; 7 Building a Peace Network; Ambassador Swanee Hunt; Section III: Women Waging Peace; 8 Countering the Currents: Zimbabwe; Martha Mutisi; 9 Engendering Recovery: Rwanda; Peace Uwineza and Vanessa Noel Brown; 10 Rebuilding the Gulf: United States; Terra Tolley; 11 Conferencing Serious Crime: United States; Jennifer Langdon; Section IV: Women Sustaining Peace; 12 Promises of Justice: Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Sudan; Susan F. Hirsch; 13 Engaging Legislation: Liberia and Chechnya; Ekaterina Romanova and Erica Sewell; 14 Challenging Patriarchy: Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey; Saira Yamin; 15 Organizing the Disenfranchised: Haiti and the Dominican; Republic; Yves-Renee Jennings; Section V: Conclusion; 16 Challenging the Dominant Narrative; Sandra I. Cheldelin and Maneshka Eliatamby; Notes; Index.