Gender and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration: reviewing and advancing the field

Dyan Mazurana, Roxani Krystalli, Anton Baaré

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Abstract

Processes of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) seek to improve the security and stability of post-conflict societies. This chapter explores a gender-focused approach to DDR that has three primary components: conducting gender analyses of standards of support for women in DDR programs; prioritizing parallel programs for women; and demilitarizing masculinity and femininity. Historical difficulties in establishing DDR programs that respond to the needs of women are explained by four challenges: exclusion of women due to restrictive definitions of “combatants”; programming that does not reflect the specific experiences of women; a reluctance to look beyond traditional DDR programs toward alternates; and a failure to address the militarized masculinities of male combatants. The chapter concludes by suggesting that DDR programs move toward a “portfolio view.” This would allow participants greater flexibility to choose the programming that best meets their needs by providing participants a menu of options.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict
EditorsFionnuala Ní Aoláin, Naomi Cahn, Dina Francesca Haynes, Nahla Valji
PublisherOxford University Press
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Disarmament
  • Demobilization
  • Reintegration
  • DDR program
  • Women combatants
  • Post-conflict
  • Militarized masculinity

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