I am currently putting together a report on the experience of women in the Liberian conflict and attempting to capture the gender dimensions of the conflict. What do others think such a report should highlight? I find that it is all too easy to characterise what happened in the Liberian conflict as acts of barbarism and particularly to focus on the sexual violence. Yet the stats show that more women were displaced and lost property than were sexually violated (as horrible as that was) and that there were larger political factors including historical legacies fuelling the war than the ethnic enmities or competition for scarce resources. The issue now is what does the country need to do to recover specifically looking at gender power relations and the impact on women?

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Dear Anu,
in the meantime, one of the two mentioned drafts has been posted online: "Gender and Conflict: Potential Gains of Civil Society Efforts to Include Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Transitional Justice", Working Paper for the Final SHUR Conference, Rome, 4-6 June 2009.

It is only a first draft, and I am very much looking forward to receiving critical comments on how to improve it.

It has been posted here: http://www.luiss.it/shur/?page_id=148,

the direct link to the pdf is http://www.luiss.it/shur/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/schmid.pdf

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Hi Anu
Make sure to look at the very innovative work for Institute for Inclusive Security and their publications/network on inclusive peacebuilding, at http://www.womenwagingpeace.net
Dear Craig
its wonderful to get these responses. I have just had a quick look at the website and this is indeed useful for what I am doing. Thank you so much. I am actually putting this together for the Truth and Reconciliaiton Commission and have a very tight deadline (10 days) to compile two years of data. I welcome support fromanyone who has the time at this stage either to read what I am writing and offer comments or to provide insignts, information or ideas with regard to the gendered nature of conflict in general and in Liberia.
warmest regards
Hi Anu,

It is interesting to read that you are undertaking a task to explore Liberian women experiences of the civil conflict. I’m delighted to suggest the following links to assist with your task.




Thank you Amos.
HI Anu
Glad you're finding the site of use. Obviously another terrific resource is UNIFEM, www.unifem.org
Also look up Peace Women, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and others. There are also many people from Liberia on this site and you can find them by doing an advanced search by country.
Hi Anu,
Very interesting this topic, given that there seems very little done post- conflict to resolve some of the more complex but extremely important issues, such as you have highlighted.

A look across at how Rwanda seems to be dealing with this, by the way in which Hutu and Tutsi women working together has become a potent symbol of reconciliation, might be helpful.

You are probably done writing up now, but good luck with it!
Dear all,

I am very curious to see what Liberians will decide to do with the recommendations of their truth commission. Although the paper "Liberia’s Truth Commission Report: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Transitional Justice" only addresses the first volume of the TRC's report, I hope it is still interesting now that the final report has been published.

For those who are interested in economic, social and cultural rights in post-conflict countries – including from a gender perspective – I would appreciate all feedback and comments on this piece.

It is available on these two websites: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1425543

and http://fletcher.tufts.edu/praxis/current.html

Dear Anu:
In January of this year, I completed an evaluation of the Danish Refugee Council's Programme in LIberia, the Ivory Coast and Guinea, which is attached. You might consider speaking with Anne Sophie Lænkholm [anne.laenkholm@drc.dk] in charge of DRC's regional programmes, based in Liberia.
Laura McGrew
Thanks, Laura
I have completed the chapter that I was writing as it had a June 15 deadline. I am attaching it here. it was part of the TRC final report. However, thanks for the information. I will read it and incorporate it for my own benefit. Did you see my request for information on women's peace activism in Africa? I am looking for methodologies, capacity building, training, concept. If you have anything on this topic, please do share it.
warmest regards
Yes Anu, I did, as I am on the TJ listserve and only today just saw (both of) your requests, but in fact i didn't have anything on Southern Africa specifically which i thought you were looking for, but if it's more general as just women in Africa I might have something. I worked in Rwanda for two years and a lot of our peace building work (coexistence projects) were with women. But the reports referenced above had a lot more on women's peace activisim - though of course in West Africa.
Hi Laura
I notice that the document did not attach in my reply. I will try again. You may find it interesting in terms of a gender perspective on the Liberian conflict. I would appreciate anything that you may have. I will focus on Southern Africa but will refer to what is happening in other parts of Africa as examples, so it will all be helpful.


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