International Handbooks on Gender series
Edited by Simona Sharoni, Julia Welland, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen
Chapter 25: Gender and demilitarization in Liberia
This chapter is a critical reflection on the gendered experiences of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme implemented in post-conflict Liberia. The first of its kind to officially adopt recommendations present within UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the demilitarizing of Liberia’s fighting forces via DDR was still fraught with many of the pitfalls that earlier programmes elsewhere had faced. The chapter proceeds with a brief overview of the continuum of violence in conflict and post-conflict Liberia, before explaining some of the strengths and weaknesses of Liberia’s process of demilitarization. It concludes by questioning assumptions surrounding ‘tradition’ and ‘success’ and argues that a reflection on these two important terms remains a crucial part in breaking the chain of reintegration programme failures to women and girls on the continent.
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