Handbook on Gender and War
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Handbook on Gender and War

Edited by Simona Sharoni, Julia Welland, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen

Gender and war are in many ways inextricably linked, and this path-breaking Handbook systematically examines the major issues surrounding this relationship. Each of its four sections covers a distinct phase of war: gender and opposition to war; gender and the conduct of war; gender and the impact of war; and gender and the aftermath of war. Original contributions from an international group of leading experts make use of a range of historical and contemporary examples to interrogate the multi-faceted connection between gender and war.
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Chapter 25: Gender and demilitarization in Liberia

Christopher Hills


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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