BRIDGE Gender and Development in Brief. Issue 3: Conflict and Development
Publisher: Institute of Development Studies UK
Publication Date: Jun 1996
Conflicts pose a major challenge for relief and development agencies working in affected areas. In this issue of Development and Gender in Brief, the debate on conflict and development is viewed through a gender lens. While gender is now an accepted development concern, gender analysis has yet to be widely applied to conflict situations. Media accounts of mass rape in Bosnia and elsewhere portray women as victims of war. This bulletin looks beyond these sensationalist images to see how militarisation affects men and women and how new opportunities which arise in conflict situations can be used both to empower women and to promote conflict resolution. Special attention is given to work among women widowed or displaced in the civil war in Guatemala, and women's land rights in post-conflict Rwanda.