War's Offensive on Women: The Humanitarian Challenge in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan

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Kumarian Press, 2000 - Social Science - 157 pages
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Publisher Fact Sheet Women have long played important roles in war, humanitarian crises, & post-war reconstruction. They are not only targets of conflict but also survivors & key problem-solvers in their communities. This book contends that attempts by humanitarian groups to provide assistance & protection will fall short unless women are enlisted as major actors in such efforts. This book analyzes recent experiences of humanitarian groups to recognize the gender dimension & identifies catalysts for change & points of resistance. Experiences within of Bosnia, Kosovo & Afghanistan add to the book's holistic picture of the context in which humanitarian groups operate. The analysis is informed by developments in human rights & humanitarian law & by a historical review of gender-based violence & gender bias. The book will be of wide interest to humanitarian & human rights practitioners, policymakers & students.

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Introducing a Gender Perspective
Applying a Gender Perspective
Clarifying the Legal Framework

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