THE TRAVAILS OF WOMEN IN POST-CONFLICT PEACE BUILDING IN WEST AFRICA: MISSING THE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE?

Abiodun Fatai

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The experience of female returnees shows that they have specific protection concern in the post-war period. They suffer the consequences of armed conflict and are victims of sexual violence, war kidnappings, and imprisonment. Even in refugee camps, women are victims of, hunger, and diseases. Worse still they suffer discrimination and exploitation even at the post-conflict peace building process. This paper examines the travails of gender (female returnee and displaced women) in post-conflict peacebuilding and development in West Africa. The paper argues that unless women-specific concerns such as violence experience, social and legal support as well as their empowerment which conflates with gender dimension of conflicts are addressed through effective incorporation of women into the peacebuilding and development process, conflict and refugee problems are unlikely to abate and its implication for the fragile peace and development in West Africa region. It is suggested that the post-conflict peacebuilding and development initiatives must be reconstructed within gender lens which take into consideration their specific concerns, viewing them as an important actor and recipient of the post-conflict peace building process.

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Gender, Conflicts, peacebuilding, development

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