War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina

War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina by Marie E. Berry 1108401511 9781108401517
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Rwanda and Bosnia both experienced mass violence in the early 1990s. Less than ten years later, Rwandans surprisingly elected the worlds highest level of women to parliament. In Bosnia, women launched thousands of community organizations that became spaces for informal political participation. The political mobilization of women in both countries complicates the popular image of women as merely the victims and spoils of war. Through a close examination of these cases, Marie E. Berry unpacks the puzzling relationship between war and womens political mobilization. Drawing from over 260 interviews with women in both countries, she argues that war can reconfigure gendered power relations by precipitating demographic, economic, and cultural shifts. In the aftermath, however, many of the gains women made were set back. This book offers an entirely new view of women and war, and includes concrete suggestions for policy makers, development organizations, and activists supporting womens rights.

Author: Marie E. Berry

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 297

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2018-08-09


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