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Adepoju, Oluwayemisi A. and Covenant University, Theses (2022) WOMEN AND PEACEBUILDING IN THE POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION OF SIERRA LEONE, 2002-2016. ["eprint_fieldopt_thesis_type_phd" not defined] thesis, Covenant University Ota..

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The role of women in resolving conflicts and ensuring a lasting peace and security in a society cannot be undermined. Conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding are not only concerned with those involved in war or military conflicts, which are overwhelmingly men but also women who were affected by the war as victims and also as perpetrators. However, the participation of women at peace tables has historically been minimal. According to the UN Women reports, between 1992 and 2019, women constituted on average, 13 percent of negotiators, and 6% of mediators, 6 percent of signatories in major peace processes worldwide. About seven out of every ten peace processes did not include women mediators or women signatories. Women bring valuable expertise, experiences, and knowledge to dispute mediation and peace-building efforts. As a result, their direct involvement in decision-making is needed. Drawing on the extant literature on Women and Peacebuilding, this study examined the efforts of Peacebuilding by women in the State of Sierra Leone. This study examined the roles men and women played before the war, during the war and after war as victims, perpetrators, as peacekeepers and as heads of households. The study used the qualitative and quantitative research method of data collection which gathered analysed and interpreted data on the subject matter of women and peacebuilding in post-conflict Sierra Leone. In particular, it employed the review of extant literature on Women and Peacebuilding, and primary data collection using the questionnaire as instrument of data collection, Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) and key informant interviews. The findings of this study showed that the barriers women faced in a post-conflict society arise from the fact that women are only seen as victims and men as perpetrators. This study also concludes that to ensure a gender inclusive and culturally sensitive peacebuilding, the patriarchal perception on leadership and decision making should be eradicated. Some of the steps to be taken to actualize sustainable peace should involve a multifaceted approach to sensitization, education and policy enactment and procedures that is gender inclusive. It recommends that the Sierra Leone government should ensure that all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) use affirmative action in the recruiting and promotion of women in their organisations, in order to ensure Sierra Leone's long-term peace and stability.

Item Type: Thesis (["eprint_fieldopt_thesis_type_phd" not defined])
Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture, gender, gender-inclusiveness, peacebuilding, women
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2022 17:02
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 17:02

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