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Civil society and gender mainstreaming: empirical evidence and theory-building from twelve post-conflict countries 2005-15

Chaney, Paul ORCID: 2016. Civil society and gender mainstreaming: empirical evidence and theory-building from twelve post-conflict countries 2005-15. World Development 83 , pp. 280-294. 10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.01.010

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Using critical discourse analysis, this twelve-country study addresses a key lacuna by examining civil society perspectives on the implementation of the Participative Democratic Model (PDM) of gender mainstreaming in post-conflict states. The findings reveal specific data, transitional justice, and governance challenges in war-affected states as policy actors press for heightened attention to issues such as the effects on women of war-induced poverty, human rights violations, and women’s empowerment in state reconstruction and peace-building. The analysis shows the aftermath of war accentuates frame misalignment between civil society and governing elites. In order to address this a Transformative Model (TM) of Participative Mainstreaming in Post-conflict States is proposed. Building on conflict theory it argues for the engendering of “transitional justice” in order to secure equality in public policy and law-making. In particular, it details how future attempts to apply the PDM need to be adapted across four Transformational Domains: actors, issues, rules, and structures. Each is populated by “post-conflict issues/actions”. When CSOs successfully advance claims for modifying policy and practice “frame-alignment” occurs and the implementation of PDM may be adapted to the specificities of war-affected states.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the CCBY license
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0305-750X
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 10 January 2016
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 02:50

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