- What impact does gender difference make to political decision-making? - Will the political empowerment of women contribute to a more peaceful world? The role of gender has been increasingly recognized as central to the study and analysis of the traditionally male domains of war and international relations. This book explores the key role of gender in peace research, conflict resolution and international politics. Rather than simply 'add gender' the aim is to transcend different disciplinary boundaries and conceptual approaches to provide a more integrated basis for future study. To this end it uniquely combines theoretical chapters alongside empirical case studies to demonstrate the i

Gender Difference in Conflict Resolution: The Case of Sri Lanka

Gender Difference in Conflict Resolution: The Case of Sri Lanka

Gender difference in conflict resolution: The case of Sri Lanka


This chapter explores the role of women in conflict resolution within the context of ongoing ethnic conflict. It is based on the author's personal experience within the human rights and women's rights movement since 1980 and focuses on the activism of women and women's groups in Sri Lanka's predominantly Sinhala south and in its Tamil northeast.

Forms of socialization and identity construction have been the basis for continued differences in power relations between men and women, in the family and in society. For most Sri Lankan women, this gendered identity construct has been defined around the role of mother and wife. A woman's status – social, economic, ...

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