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Peace with Women: Political Participation in Post-conflict Contexts
Peace with women: Political participation in post-conflict contexts
Swarna Rajagopalan

This chapter explores the political participation of women in peacebuilding and politics in four South Asian post-conflict settings— Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It opens by briefly defining its terms of reference—“political participation” and “post-conflict” settings. Four case studies of South Asian post-conflict states are given here. In each of these, two avenues of women's engagement will be surveyed, that is, women's participation in the peace process, including the writing of new constitutions, and women's participation in formal political institutions. It concludes with a discussion of women's participation—in polities ostensibly at peace, in conflict zones and in post-conflict areas—and what enables ...

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