Psychological Components of Sustainable Peace

Part of the series Peace Psychology Book Series pp 197-203


Gender and Sustainable Peace

  • Abigail DisneyAffiliated withDaphne Foundation Email author 
  • , Leymah GboweeAffiliated withWomen Peace and Security Network-Africa (WIPSEN-Africa)

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The narratives of war include women and girls as among the worst victims. They are the refugees, sex slaves, victims of domestic violence and grieving widows and mothers that war leaves behind. However, recent actions by women have compelled the narratives to be rewritten taking into consideration an inarguable fact: women are also often one of the primary hopes for peace in their communities. This chapter will highlight the work of the women lead by Leymah Gbowee in the Liberia Mass Action for Peace Campaign, introducing a gender dimension to the study of the complex circumstances that lead to peace, and identifying the obstacles placed in the path of guarantying women’s participation in peace negotiations and post-conflict rebuilding strategies.