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Institutionalizing Gender Equality: Creating conditions for post-conflict peace?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates under what conditions the adoption and implementation of women’s rights influence the risk of conflict in post-conflict settings. It hypothesizes that advancement of women’s rights mitigates conflict risk, if these rights are promoted by domestic civil society. It employs mixed-methods, combining a cross-country statistical analysis with a qualitative investigation of the case of Northern Uganda. Statistically, the study finds that there is a conditional effect of women’s rights on the risk of new conflicts emerging. Seemingly, where such organizations are prevalent, enhancing women’s social and economic rights is associated with a mitigated risk of emerging conflicts. The opposite relationship is indicated where such organizations are few. The findings from Northern Uganda suggest that there is a relationship between enforcement of women’s rights and gender equality, and in turn norms condemning violence, that is facilitated by civil society. However, a portion of the respondents express a perceived threat toward male authority, caused by women’s rights, resulting in agitation. An important question remains, is general norm-change enough to reduce the risk of violence, or might tensions arising in the short-term pose a risk toward peace?

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2017. , 114 p.
Keyword [en]
Armed conflict, women’s rights, civil society, norms, gender equality, masculinities, Northern Uganda
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Other Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-329286OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-329286DiVA: diva2:1140304
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2017-09-12 Created: 2017-09-11 Last updated: 2017-09-12Bibliographically approved

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