The gender-resilience nexus in peace building: the quest for sustainable peace

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Abstract

Resilience and gender have become new buzzwords for expressing renewal in peacebuilding. This article unpacks the gender-resilience nexus in theory and analyses global trends and variation in peacebuilding policy and practice. It advances an analytical framework based on three central pillars of peacebuilding: process, outcome, and expertise. A comprehensive analysis of 49 international peacebuilding handbooks, produced by leading international organisations for policymakers and practitioners in the field, is conducted. The results show how the integration of the gender-resilience nexus signals new ways of understanding conflict dynamics and peacebuilding. Yet, gender peace expertise is ‘thin’ in regards to policies and practices of resilient conflict transformation. By way of conclusion, we suggest three directions to be taken in research to advance and refine the gender-resilience nexus. First, the politics and contestation of peacebuilding need to be problematised and explored further. Second, the understanding of resilience in peacebuilding needs to shift emphasis from conflict management to conflict transformation. Third, the positionality of peacebuilding actors and local contexts need to be probed further.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)880-901
JournalJournal of International Relations and Development
Volume25
Issue number4
Early online date2022 Aug 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Political Science

Free keywords

  • Sustainable Peace
  • resilience
  • conflict
  • women
  • peacebuilding
  • gender

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