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An Examination of the Role of Women in Conflict Management: Sierra Leone Case Study

Date: 2011
This paper examines the role of women in conflict management, using Sierra Leone as a case study.

It argues that despite the traditional challenges women faced they were able to contribute significantly to the conclusion of the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone, and have since earned a position of respect in society that has given them a larger role to play in government, politics and the private sector. Major barriers remain, but a brighter future has been created. Furthermore, this paper recommends constructive actions that should be taken to assure that the productive involvement of women continues.

Introduction:

    • the aims and objectives of the study
    • the justification of the research
    • a statement of the problem
    • the significance of the study
    • the scope and limitations of the study
    • methodology

Chapter One will deal with the history of Sierra Leone before, during and after the Civil War, including: A brief history of the rebel war – 1991-2002; the interventional roles played by various local, regional and international forces; the First Intervention: Executive Outcomes and Women’s Roles; the Second Intervention: The Economic Community of West African States; and the Third and Fourth Interventions: United Nations and British Forces

Chapter Two incorporates a literature review of the role of women before, during and after the war: the role of women played in managing the conflict during the war; the role women in resolving the conflict in Sierra Leone; the contribution of FEMMES Africa Solidarity (FAS) to women’s movements in Sierra Leone; women’s roles in the negotiation of the Lomé  Peace Accord and the consolidation of peace; the increased role of women in politics; and women and the implementation of UN Resolutions 1325 and 1820 in Sierra Leone

Chapter Three discusses the role of women in the intervention of various regional and international forces: understanding the critical role played by women and women’s groups in the UN and British interventions.

Chapter Four: Conclusion and Recommendations

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