Peace Agreements as a Means for Promoting Gender Equality and Ensuring Participation of Women

Monday, November 10, 2003
Christine Chinkin, London School of Economics.

I was asked to offer model clauses from peace agreements but the reality is that there is no peace agreement that provides an overall model for appropriate provisions for ensuring that the needs of women within the conflict zone are served alongside those of the men. Nor are there even many provisions that relate specifically, or even indirectly to women. Typically peace agreements are framed in gender-neutral language, that is they are assumed to be equally applicable to, and equally appropriate for, the needs of both women and men within the society in question. Yet while women within a war-torn society share the goal of termination of the
violence, it cannot be assumed that their interests and priorities in reconstruction are identical to those of men.

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